EAST TEXAS (KTRE) - Many of you have been asking for it, and now, many of you will receive it. What are we talking about? Why, cold weather, of course.
We have had a few cold fronts move through the Piney Woods over the past couple of months, but none of them have had that lasting impact to where it felt like fall had really arrived. All that will be changing as a strong, Canadian front arrives in East Texas later on tonight.
Shift in the Weather Pattern
A big dip (referred to as a trough) in the jet stream will allow for some cold air to spill southward through the Plains by the end of the week. This shift in the weather pattern will finally allow some much cooler air to funnel into the region, meaning the winter wardrobe can be used once again.
It does appear the cold front will arrive ahead of schedule, coming in later this evening (midnight or so) instead of around daybreak on Friday. Due to the earlier frontal passage, temperatures will be hovering in the upper 50's throughout the day on Friday. You combine the north wind with pockets of light showers and wind chill values will be in the 40's by the afternoon hours. This will make for the first real cold Friday night for high school football games around East Texas.
Coolest it's Been Since March
The cooler temperatures headed our way will be the coolest that we have experienced since the first week of March. That's seven months ago and such a distant memory, that no one probably even remembers what that feels like.
Cold Air Sticking Around
The biggest difference between this front and the one's we have experienced over the past month will be the fact that the cool air will stick around for several days. Once it gets here on Friday, we will see about five days worth of below normal temperatures, both in our daytime highs and overnight lows.
To get updated forecasts in the days ahead, please head to our weather page.