EAST TEXAS (KTRE) - The official start to astronomical spring came in this past week, but our weather will be feeling more like winter by the time we end the weekend and head through the middle part of next week.
Our weekend will start off with clouds, warmth, humidity, and the chance for some rain showers and thunderstorms. The chances for storms on Saturday will be courtesy of a second and stronger storm system pulling in from the west.
Due to the strength of this storm system and the dip in the Jet Stream, we will see a fairly strong cold front sweep through the Piney Woods late Saturday night. Behind the front, winds will be picking up in speed and shift to the northwest on Sunday. This stiff northerly wind will usher in much drier air and a noticeable drop in the temperatures as we begin a new week.
This cold front will be particularly cold for late March standards, leading to temperatures dropping to well below normal values for this time of year.
Take Care of the Spring Plants
With strong high pressure settling in to the Plains, our morning lows will drop into the lower and middle 30's several mornings next week.
With temperatures dropping close to the freezing mark, patchy frost will likely form in parts of East Texas. Since we have already surpassed our average last freeze, you will want to take precautions and cover up or bring indoors any recent planting you have done in the past several weeks.
While the morning lows will be the bigger story, our afternoon highs will struggle to get out of the 50's on Monday and Tuesday. Needless to say, don't put away that winter wardrobe quite yet. After all, it looks like we will need it through at least the first half of next week.