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 overnight on Friday. The Storm Prediction Center still has most of our 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 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.
Temperatures are expected to stay above normal tonight dipping into the mid 40s, with partly cloudy skies and light winds. The warm temps, still near 66, will last into Friday but the clear skies will not. Clouds build back in early Friday morning and showers and storms arrive by the afternoon and last through into Saturday. A marginal risk for severe weather will be possible in East Texas with this system, but the only threat as of now will be a low-end hail risk. Rainfall totals are expected between half an inch to an inch.
Rain chances will reach around 60% Friday and jump up to 80% Friday night and into early Saturday. Mostly cloudy skies will stick around and our temperatures taking a nose dive. Expect a high near 60 on Saturday, but this happens right after midnight. Following this, temps crash into the mid 40s and cool off even more 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 returns 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!
-- Chief Meteorologist Joel Barnes
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