Weather Talk: Cold blast coming!
POSTED: Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - 4:42pm
UPDATED: Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 7:30pm
Wintry Weather Possible for Parts of East Texas
Tyler, Texas (KETK) —
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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