EAST TEXAS (KTRE) - The month of October has gotten off to an unseasonably warm start in East Texas. It will not stay that way much longer, though, as our first significant fall cold front arrives on Saturday afternoon.
Even though we have had a few cold fronts move through the Piney Woods in the past month or so, they have been very weak. This front is a Canadian cold front that will pack a punch and bring back sweater weather to not only East Texas, but much of the state as a whole.
Unlike the past few fronts, we are not anticipating much rain with this system. Most of the jet stream energy and upper level dynamics will remain well to our north, which will limit the amount of storms and rainfall we receive.
To give you some perspective on how strong this front will be, we will be seeing temperatures drop quickly on Saturday night as a gusty northerly wind ushers in the dry air and cooler temperatures.
Afternoon highs on Sunday and Monday will struggle to get out of the 70's, while our overnight lows drop into the upper 40's and lower 50's. These chilly temperatures have not been felt since last May, which was five months ago. These unseasonably cool temperatures will stick around through at least the middle part of next week, until a gradual warming trend ensues.
Our weekend cold front will not only bring us the cooler weather, but it will also steer Tropical Storm Karen away from Texas and take her into the northern Gulf coast states this weekend. At this time, it appears Karen's likely landfall destination will be near the mouth of the Mississippi.
There are already tropical storm watches and hurricane warnings up from Louisiana to the panhandle of Florida. Make sure that you notify friends and family down along the Gulf coast about Karen's approach. She has developed rather quickly and could become a hurricane on Friday, before making landfall sometime Saturday afternoon.
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