EAST TEXAS (KTRE) - We will be experiencing the coldest night we have seen in nearly three years as overnight lows are expected to bottom out in the middle to upper 10's tonight.
The last time the Angelina County Airport had a low temperature of less than twenty degrees took place twice in February of 2011.
Not only are the actual air temperatures going to be well below freezing, but the duration of the freeze is also worth noting.
Many areas today barely got to freezing. Most reporting stations actually never got above 32°. With Arctic high pressure settling in across the state tonight, we will see even colder temperatures than what we woke up to early this morning.
Areas along and north of a Rusk to Nacogdoches to Center line will end up being below 25° for a period of about 15-20 hours, starting this evening and continuing through the late morning hours on Tuesday. Locations south of that line will experience temperatures at or below 25° for about a 12-15 hour time span. The duration of the frigid cold is another reason why a Hard Freeze Warning has been issued for all our counties and communities in Deep East Texas.
The 3 P's of Protection
With an even colder night ahead, all 3 P's of Protection will to need to be taken, in order to protect your property. Of course, I am referring to your pets, plants, and yes, pipes as well.
Most times in East Texas, only pets and plants to be brought inside and protected from the cold. This is not any ordinary freeze, however, this time around. That's why any exposed pipes will need to be covered up. It would also be wise to allow a couple of faucets to drip water overnight and to open up the cabinet doors. By opening up the cabinets, this allows some of the warmth from inside your home to circulate and keep your indoor pipes warm.
A Quick Blast
The near record lows and cold blast will not rival the cold we experienced in 1983 or 1989, when lows dropped into single digits and stuck around for about a week.
After tonight's deep freeze, we will begin to thaw out as temperatures moderate and warm-up as we progress through the rest of the week.
You can keep tabs on the freezing temperatures where you live with our FREE KTRE weather app. You will also get the details on any freeze warnings, plus an hour-by-hour forecast.