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Weather Talk: Unseasonably Cold This Week, But Nice

Weather Talk: Unseasonably Cold This Week, But Nice
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Tuesday, December 10, 2013 - 8:40am

All eyes were on the weather this past weekend with the threat of East Texas seeing wintry weather. Some of us did see sleet, freezing rain, and perhaps even some snow. But we were very fortunate it was not worse.

Thursday night into Friday morning was the time we monitored very closely. While there were some reports of wintry weather across the area, it was not enough to cause many problems. Saturday night we did begin to see reports of icing on some elevated surfaces but as temperatures increased above freezing during the overnight hours those surfaces warmed as well.

Here is what you can expect through this week…

A strong area of high pressure will be right on top of Central Texas on Tuesday. What this means is that air from above us (18,000 – 34,000 feet) will be sinking down into our area. This is an arctic high pressure so it’ll have cold air associated with it—meaning that our temperatures will be cooler than normal. In a previous post, I mentioned that Tyler’s average high temperature in December is about 58° and the low is 39°.

Temperatures on Tuesday will be in the low 40s and overnight lows will be in the middle to upper 20s. It’s going to be cold! Wednesday we warm to near 50s but a very weak cold front will move in Wednesday night. No rain is expected with this front, but it will allow temperatures to fall back into the middle 40s for highs on Thursday.

Friday is when we expect rain to return to our area. This will all be associated with another cold front and this rain will last into late Friday night/early Saturday morning. Below is the rainfall depiction that at 6PM from the Global Forecast System & the European Center for Medium-range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF).

After this front moves in, temperatures look to remain cooler than normal, but the weekend is looking dry for now.

On Wednesday afternoon, we will have a better timetable of when the rain will start in East Texas, and I will have a new blog post about it.

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