EAST TEXAS (KTRE) - The brief warmer weather we have seen today will be just that, brief. That's because a Polar Vortex (strong low pressure area) will be moving through a good majority of the country on Sunday, bringing with it some frigid, Arctic air.
This cold blast will push through the Piney Woods by Sunday afternoon and will be accompanied by a few showers and gusty north winds.
We have had a few Arctic blasts so far this winter, but this one looks to contain the coldest morning lows we have experienced so far this season.
With overnight lows possibly bottoming out in the upper teens on Tuesday morning, pipes will need to be covered and protected this time around. Don't forget about the pets and plants, too.
Due to the anticipated hard freezes, a Hard Freeze Watch has already been issued for Jasper, Newton, and Tyler counties. I suspect a Hard Freeze Warning will be issued for all our counties and communities in Deep East Texas by Sunday evening as two nights of bitter cold settle in to the Piney Woods.
Even though the bulk of the real frigid air will remain off to our east, we will still feel the impacts here in East Texas. The good news is that these hard freezes will only stick around for a few mornings and will not last an entire week. With sunshine expected early next week, daytime highs, while on the cold side, should get above the freezing mark.
The last time we saw morning lows drop into the teens was nearly three years ago, when the Angelina County Airport dipped down to seventeen degrees on February 2nd and 11th of 2011.
Remember that you can track the cold temperatures with our FREE KTRE weather app. Just search the keyword "KTREweather" in your app. store and track the weather where you live. Make sure you also check back in with East Texas News Weekend tonight and again on Sunday for the latest updates on your StormTracker 9 forecast.