EAST TEXAS (KTRE) - A big dip in the Jet Stream will drive a strong, Arctic cold front through East Texas on Tuesday morning. This front will bring us our first set of freezing temperatures to East Texas since March 26th and 27th, when our morning lows were 29° and 32°, respectively.
Due to the onset of our first freeze arriving Wednesday morning, we do have freeze warnings now in effect for Angelina, Cherokee, Jasper, Nacogdoches, Newton, Rusk, Sabine, San Augustine, Shelby, and Tyler counties through Wednesday morning.
Before the freezing temperatures arrive, you will have to deal with gusty, north winds blowing in all day Tuesday, just in the wake of the cold front. Our wind forecast has sustained winds on the order of 15 to 20 mph, but we will see higher wind gusts peak out at over 30 mph at times.
Due to the cold blast arriving in the morning hours, make sure you and the kids have those jackets on hand as you head out the door Tuesday morning.
Temperatures will only make the middle 50's before falling late in the day. When you factor in those blustery conditions, however, those wind chill values will be in the 40's.
Our first chance for a freeze will be on Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning. I don't believe everyone will get down to the 32° mark on Wednesday morning. Areas that are likely to see their first freeze will be along and north of a Crockett to Lufkin to Hemphill line.
I do believe a more area-wide freeze will take place Thursday morning, when nearly all communities should drop down to or below the freezing mark.
While this is by no means a pipe-busting type of freeze, you will still want to take a few precautions with the onset of our first freeze.
If you have outdoor pets, make sure they have extra blankets and a warm place to stay. Also, you will want to cover up any tender plants or vegetation that are sensitive to the cold weather.
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