Weather Talk: Friday's weather breakdown
POSTED: Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 5:38pm
UPDATED: Friday, February 7, 2014 - 1:14pm
(KETK) - Tyler, Tx — Thursday was an interesting day for some of you. A few of our Deep East Texas counties had some minor snow accumulations, and the same for our northwestern counties.
Another round of wintry weather is possible tomorrow. Let me give you our latest thoughts.
It will be cold tonight across the area. All of East Texas will be below freezing tonight. Winds will be out of the northeast between 5-10 miles per hour. We are not forecasting any precipitation tonight…just mainly cloudy and cold. With temperatures below freezing again, make sure non-sheltered pipes are protected.
Tomorrow morning looks to be dry but cold across East Texas. Any precipitation activity will likely be to our west.
By lunchtime on Friday, we will keep our eye to the sky for some precipitation to develop across the area. Temperatures will reach just above freezing (33°-37°) on Friday. Cold air is already in place. There is some upper level energy that will move through between Noon-6PM tomorrow. As this moves through, there is a chance that the mid-levels of the atmosphere could become saturated enough to produce some wintry weather across our area beginning in the early afternoon.
Forecast models are having a tough time picking up on the precipitation, but KETK Meteorologists do believe that some light precipitation is likely during the day Friday and especially in the late afternoon.
Because of the chance of wintry weather the National Weather Service in Dallas has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Anderson, Henderson, and Van Zandt counties. This advisory begins at 9AM Friday and lasts until 6PM Friday evening.
Our Futurecast model shows an increasing chance of showers and wintry precipitation by about 6PM tomorrow evening. Remember, forecast models are a prediction of what could happen. This model shows us that temperatures will likely be falling very quickly in the evening and supportive of a wintry mix of freezing rain, sleet, and snow.
By late Friday evening (10pm) we could still have some wintry precipitation in our area. When this event is done, accumulations will be less than one-half inch across our area. Some areas with a few slick spots—especially elevated surfaces.
We are certain that we will see some precipitation; the question is if it will be wintry precipitation or rain and the timing.
KETK will keep you updated as we get new weather forecast data. The Weather Talk blog will be updated as necessary.