Weather Talk: Arctic weather on the way

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POSTED: Friday, January 3, 2014 - 5:29pm

UPDATED: Friday, January 3, 2014 - 8:03pm

Hello East Texas. We’re only a few days into 2014 and the weather has already been a roller coaster ride. Unfortunately, that ride will continue for a little while longer.

After seeing the 60s on New Year’s Day and a return to the 40s the last few days, we are going to approach the 60s on Saturday before our next cold front arrives to East Texas.

Let’s talk details:

Saturday

We’ll start the morning with a mix of sun and clouds. By afternoon, clouds will increase throughout East Texas. By Saturday night into early Sunday morning, there could be a few light showers in our area. The GFS and NAM forecast models have stayed consistent over the past few runs, and that is why we have went with a small chance of rain for the late night and early morning hours.

Sunday

Get ready for a very cold day. We’re forecasting partly cloudy skies for a good portion of Sunday with late day clearing. Highs will reach the upper 30s and lower 40s across East Texas and with north winds it will make it feel colder.

Sunday Night — Monday Night

A strong arctic jet stream pattern will migrate from Canada and set up in the eastern USA. Bitterly cold weather will accompany this with high and low temperatures below zero in many areas cities in the Ohio Valley and New England states.

For East Texas, we will be on the southern edge of this jet stream but this will affect us especially since this kind of cold weather is very unfamiliar to us.

We are expecting a hard freeze Sunday night and Monday night. Lows will be well below freezing—likely in the middle to upper 10s. Hard Freeze warnings could be issued for East Texas at some point this weekend.

Now is the time to prepare for this arctic weather that will move here to our area.

Anything outdoors will be very sensitive to this weather. You will want to cover anything that is outdoors or bring them inside. Pipes could easily freeze and burst if they are not insulated properly. If you have to be outdoors for any period of time, it is important to make sure you are bundled up and with extra clothing.

There have been several East Texas cities that have had temperatures in the teens this season for morning lows, but February 11, 2011 was the last date that the 3 East Texas reporting airport stations (Tyler, Longview, and Lufkin) had morning temperatures below 20°:

Tyler: 19°
Longview: 17°
Lufkin: 17°

There is a chance we could break records with this arctic weather we will receive this upcoming week. Here’s that information.

The record high minimum temperatures for Monday, January 6:
Tyler: 31°, 1910
Longview: 30°, 1940
Lufkin: 37°, 1910

The record low temperatures for Monday, January 6:
Tyler: 15°, 1972
Longview: 16°, 1959
Lufkin: 18°, 1947

The record low temperatures for Tuesday, January 6:
Tyler: 13°, 1912
Longview: 12°, 1912
Lufkin: 16°, 1910

Take precautions now. East Texas is not used to this type of cold. The average low for our area is 37°. Be sure to stay with KETK. We will keep you updated with the latest forecast.

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