Weather Talk: Cold blast coming!

Weather Talk: Cold blast coming!
Weather Talk

POSTED: Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - 5:42pm

UPDATED: Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 8:30pm

Wintry Weather Possible for Parts of East Texas

Another Arctic front is headed our way!

The front should move through all of East Texas by late Wednesday night. Behind the front, expect windy, cloudy and cold conditions overnight Wednesday into Thursday. Wind chills will be in the teens and 20's' Thursday morning. High temperatures Thursday will only reach the 30's with cloudy skies and strong north and northeast winds. Temperatures will drop into the low 20's by late Thursday night into Friday morning. High temperatures on Friday will only reach the low to mid 30's. However, the wind should relax on Friday and not be as strong as Thursday.

The big issue is what kind of winter weather, if any, will occur in East Texas. As of midday Wednesday, it appears that the Tyler-Longview areas may get a few flurries (10 percent chance) on Friday. However, in Deep East Texas, more of a winter mix is expected (30% percent) on Friday. A winter mix includes snow, sleet and freezing rain. Even small accumulations on bridges and overpasses can be hazardous! Therefore, those living in the Crockett, Lufkin, Hemphill and surrounding areas need to pay close attention to forthcoming weather forecasts involving the weather situation on Friday.

This issue with this weather situation involves very dry air and moisture riding up and over the shallow cold air mass. Will there be too much dry air for flurries in Tyler or Longview?  In addition, will the air be moist enough for a wintry mix in the southern areas of East Texas?

 It appears the air may be saturated enough on Friday for the wintry mix in the southern areas of East Texas, but as is typical with these events, the closer in time to the event, the better the certainty of what is to come. Stay tuned!

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Appreciate the forecasts very much and the time and effort it takes to get them to those that need to know before they go to work. Brrrrr!

I moved from MA & believe me the weather here is mild compared to what I'm used to. The town I lived in just went through a blizzard & Nor'easters are common winter events that can last for days. The mild winters is an extra bonus on top of the beautiful countryside. A nice coating of snow would be nice - like Christmas Day 2012. It won't be long before the heat/humidity are back so, enjoy the cool, dry air and breeze while it lasts.

You call these temperatures an "arctic blast??" I recently moved to Tyler from Central Kentucky, where the highs have been in the single digits, lows in the negatives and snow on the ground for days or weeks. We would call temps in the 30's a nice day and you people make it seem like some unprecedented weather event, get real. The winter's in this area are nothing but nice and comfortable, but keep making a huge deal about nothing, I guess you all have nothing else to report on anyway.

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