Freezing weather to hit East Texas

A series of reinforcing cold fronts will keep skies mostly cloudy, temperatures colder than normal, and patchy light fog, mist and/or rain showers in the Central Texas forecast through Thursday.

Bianca Villanueva, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, says temperatures will drop Saturday night and into Sunday. In fact, the wind chills could hit -15° to -25° by New Year's Day. Saturday, expect clouds to return with highs approaching 60 degrees.

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The clouds will return overnight and into Friday with temperatures dropping into the upper 10s by Friday morning, then rebounding into the middle 30s Friday afternoon. With nighttime temperatures below freezing for the past 5 days, it's beginning to feel a lot like winter! The computer models are beginning to show some agreement, and they show the bulk of the moisture moving out before the coldest air arrives. After that daytime temperatures are forecast to stay below freezing until Saturday of next week. The deep trough remains in place and looking into the first two weeks of January, the trough will remain in place, meaning very cold air for Alabama. Highs will range from the 40s southwest to upper 30s closer to Rolla. But this is such a small chance that I would get to excited about it, and little to no accumulation is expected. North winds will gusts to 25 miles per hour.

Tuesday will likely be the coldest morning with lows in the low to mid 20s and highs near 40. It would be best to begin planning for the cold by making sure outdoor pipes are protected and think about your outdoor pets and any plants. But I want to give you enough time to make plans. Good news is no wintry precipitation is expected after Sunday.

  • Michelle Webb