It is going to be an interesting 24 hours across East Texas from Friday afternoon through Saturday morning. Two cold fronts are expected to impact our weather during that time period. The first front will bring a chance for some strong storms, some might even produce hail, damaging winds, or even a very isolated tornado overnight on Friday. The Storm Prediction Center still has our entire region until a marginal risk for severe weather.
The second front is expected to usher in a 30-40° drop in temperatures as it passes on by early on Saturday. There could be some residual moisture sticking around on the back side on the low pressure system to produce some light snow or a wintry mix north of I-20 Saturday morning. As of now we are not expecting any accumulations, but travel could be impacted a bit early Saturday.
So we are keeping an eye on all possible weather impacts from Friday through the weekend here in the CBS19 weather center. If you have travel plans or outdoor plans from Friday evening through Monday morning, be sure to monitor the forecast closely and be prepared for all kinds of weather in a 48 hour period.
The clouds have been around all day long, and now the rain has arrived in East Texas. These rain showers will eventually turn into a few storms early this evening, but the strongest of these storms looks set to arrive after midnight and into the early morning hours Saturday. A marginal risk for severe weather will be possible in East Texas with this system, and all severe weather threats are possible, but the risk for all threats is low.
Rain chances will reach around 60% Friday and into early Saturday. Mostly cloudy skies will stick around to start Saturday, but start to move out of the region by the afternoon. Temps hit the 30s Saturday morning, reach the 40s during Saturday afternoon, and crash even lower as we go into Sunday morning. Sunday morning is when we could see the coldest air this winter in East Texas, with lows currently forecast to being the mid to upper 20s.
While the sun will be out all day on Sunday, don't expect a major warm up just yet. Highs on Sunday will only reach the upper 40s. Temps are back into the low to mid 30s on Monday morning, but sunshine will take our highs up to near 60 by Monday afternoon.
Even with this arctic blast, it will not be cold enough to set records. The records during these days are actually into the single digits. Even so, you likely want to start thinking about the 4 P's (People, Pets, Plants and Pipes) and be prepared for the weekend.
Get ready for a wild temperature ride East Texas! Everything from jackets to shorts could be doable this week!
-- Meteorologist Michael Behrens
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