Snow makes its first visit to East Texas this season
December 6, 2011 at 5:14 PM CST - Updated June 26 at 1:27 AM
TYLER, TX (KLTV/KTRE) - A strong cold front moved through the area late Sunday and behind this front, cold air continues to filter into East Texas.
By this morning most areas of East Texas were between 32 and 34 degrees. At the same time we saw lots of low level moisture left over from this weekend's rain. A second cold front moved into East Texas this morning; however this front was not at the surface. The second front was around 5000 feet in the atmosphere.
Ahead of this front temperatures were well above freezing at cloud level allowing for areas at the surface to only see mist and drizzle, even with temperatures around freezing. Once this front moved through the temperatures above the surface, where the mist is forming, drop far enough below freezing allowing for small flakes to develop.
It wasn't much but a few folks in East Texas saw an early morning surprise with the big "snow winners" near Pittsburg. We could see a few more flurries and drizzle into the early afternoon before the low levels of the atmosphere dry out. Another very strong disturbance will be moving through the area tonight into tomorrow morning.
Right now it appears the air will be too dry for snow, however, there will probably be enough lift for a few more flurries across the northern half of East Texas tonight.
For the southern half of East Texas it will be cloudy and cold with highs struggling to reach the lower 40s. Tonight will be partly cloudy and cold. Lows will dip down into the 20s. Tomorrow we will start off with a few clouds and become partly sunny late. Highs will reach the middle to upper 40s.
We will warm up slightly as we head into our weekend but still remain below normal temperatures wise. Lows will be in the lower to middle 30s with highs reaching the middle 50s Saturday and Sunday.