Hello East Texas. As this year comes to a close and 2014 begins, there will be two cold fronts that will move through our area. Let’s talk about their intensity and how these fronts will influence our weather.
Front #1—Sunday Afternoon/Evening
The first cold front will move through our area beginning Sunday afternoon. It will take some time for the front to move through East Texas. Temperatures will vary from north to south—I expect our northern counties to be near middle to upper 50s and our southern counties to be in the upper 50s to lower 60s. Here’s what the North American Model (NAM) is forecasting at 3PM on Sunday.
Now let’s talk about the precipitation for this event. Moisture with this system is very limited but there could be a passing shower. Temperatures overnight Sunday into Monday morning are forecasted to drop below freezing. If we do receive any precipitation during that timeframe, it will likely fall as a rain/snow mix, but with very warm soil temperatures we will not have any problems.
On Monday, highs will struggle to reach the middle 40s and with a brisk north wind, it will feel even colder. Overnight lows on Sunday and Monday nights will be below freezing.
Front #2—Late Wednesday
We’re forecasting a nice afternoon on New Year’s Eve. For New Year’s Day, we’ll have increasing clouds with a chance of rain for East Texas. This front arrives during the late evening on New Year’s Day and will provide a better chance of showers. The GFS forecast model shows some showers beginning Wednesday afternoon and continuing through Thursday morning.
The timing of these fronts could change, so stay with KETK for the latest forecasts.
Happy New Year East Texas!