POSTED: Thursday, January 9, 2014 - 5:41pm
UPDATED: Friday, January 10, 2014 - 1:30pm
(KETK) - Tyler Tx — What a week it has been in East Texas. I am reminded once again that the weather can change from warm to cold in an instant.
We could see a few strong storms on Friday, but a sunny and glorious forecast awaits us for the second half of the weekend.
Let’s first talk about the storms.
On Thursday, we had scattered showers across our area. While most of us had cloudy skies and drizzle, the more intense showers were focused in our eastern counties and into Louisiana. All of this was because of a stationary front that was set up over East Texas on Thursday. This made for a cloudy, gloomy, and cold day.
Thursday night, that stationary front will turn into a warm front and will lift toward the north. What this will mean for us is that overnight temperatures will be warmer than they were on Thursday afternoon. This warm front gives us showers and thunderstorms for Friday.
Fog will be very likely as we go into Thursday night. This fog will be very dense in some locations and visibility will be reduced. Please be cautious while driving tonight.
Morning lows Friday will be in the upper 40s and 50s area wide. We’ll start the morning with a few isolated showers. As the day progresses, temperatures will rise significantly and it will also be breezy as well. Southerly winds will send in mild and humid air into our region.
Showers and storms look to become more widespread over our area by the afternoon. Here is what the American forecast models are predicting.
With Friday afternoon’s temperatures in the 60s and dew points in the 50s and 60s, KETK Meteorologists believe that East Texas could see a few strong storms, but widespread severe weather is not expected.
Showers and storms look to remain in our area for the rest of the afternoon and into the evening before finally clearing out in the early hours on Saturday.
The cold front moves through early Saturday morning. Skies will become clear by late morning and sunshine will return. Highs that afternoon will be in the 60s all across East Texas. With the last few fronts, we have had strong north winds. This time, the north winds will be light (5-10 miles per hour), and that will make it feel wonderful and not as cold.
“BRING BACK THE SHORTS” SUNDAY
Sunday will be a fabulous day in East Texas. After morning lows in the 30s and 40s, we will see more sunshine and a very nice south breeze. South winds will send our temperatures easily into the upper 60s and low 70s all across our area. The last time our area had temperatures in the 70s was back on December 21, 2013!
NEXT WEEK PREVIEW
A cold front is expected to move in Monday morning. This front does not look to have any moisture with it, but it will bring afternoon temperatures back into the low and middle 60s for the week. Overnight lows look to be in the 30s. Overall, the first half of next week looks to be dry.
For the full forecast, visit the KETK Weather Page .