EAST TEXAS (KTRE) - I know you have heard this a time or two, but we had a mild winter this past season, with temperatures running well above normal. Now that we are a month into spring, not much has changed.
After looking at the different computer models throughout the week, it appears that we will see the Jet stream take a significant dip to the south this weekend. A dip in the jet, referred to as a trough, allows the colder air from Canada to break loose and spill southward.
Even though we are in mid-April, we still tend to get cold fronts pushing through the Piney Woods on occasion as Old Man Winter makes his last stand before summer starts to set in.
Rain and Storms on Friday
As the jet stream dives southward on Friday, an area of low pressure will develop, dragging a cold front into the region.
We will see rain and thunderstorms develop along the front as it moves through your community tomorrow afternoon. Some of the rain could be heavy at times, with an inch possible before the rain moves out late Friday night.
Take a Light Jacket to the Hoedown on Saturday
Even though the rain will move out of Deep East Texas Saturday morning, the clouds will linger through at least the first half of the day. With the low clouds and a stiff north wind at 15 to 20 mph, we will see temperatures struggle to make it into the lower 60's.
If you are heading out to the Hoedown in Downtown Lufkin or plan on participating in any local charity golf tournaments, make sure you have a jacket on hand in the morning. I do expect the sun to come out late in the day, but until then, there will be a little chill in the air this weekend.