EAST TEXAS (KTRE) - East Texas will be in store for a couple of very cold nights, as sub-freezing temperatures will be felt area-wide. The combination of clear skies, dry air, and Canadian high pressure overhead will lead to the coldest mornings we have experienced since mid-January. In fact, you have to go back to a three day stretch from January 12th through the 14th, to find morning lows as cold as what we will see the next couple of nights.
How Low Will It Go?
Areas along and north of a Crockett to Lufkin to San Augustine line will drop into the middle 20's for a period of eight to ten hours, starting around 11pm this evening and lasting through the mid-morning hours on Tuesday.
If you live along and south of a Groveton to Corrigan to Jasper line, you can expect temperatures to bottom out in the upper 20's to lower 30's. Since the overnight lows will not be quite as cold as our central and northern counties, sub-freezing temperatures in these locations will persist for six to eight hours.
3 P's of Protection
As a result of the freezing nights headed our way, make sure you heed the 3 P's of Protection. Of course, we are referring to the pets, pipes, and plants. Even though these next few nights may not be a pipe busting type of event, it would be wise to wrap them up and get it taken care of in case a colder outbreak were to present itself in the weeks or months ahead.
It should be noted that our southern counties have been placed under a Freeze Warning tonight. This does not mean it will be colder there than in our central and northern counties. This advisory is simply issued when the first significant freeze occurs during the fall season for a certain geographic location in your forecast area. Since Lufkin and Nacogdoches have already had several nights of sub-freezing temperatures, a freeze warning was not warranted for these locations.