EAST TEXAS (KTRE) - The Arctic express will be open for business this week across most of the country. That means the coldest air-to-date this winter season will be with us this week.
With mostly clear skies, very dry air, and light winds in place, we will more than likely see hard freeze warnings issued for all of our counties and communities in Deep East Texas on Wednesday night. That means Thursday morning will be bitterly cold, as morning temperatures will range from the upper teens to the lower twenties.
This hard freeze will be a pipe-bursting type of freeze, which means you will want to wrap any exposed pipes, if you have not done so already.
In addition to the hard freeze Thursday morning, a parade of cold fronts will continue to sweep across the Piney Woods over the next five days, which will keep our temperatures unseasonably cold, even for January standards.
As moisture returns to the area late Friday and over the weekend, there is now the possibility that some of the precipitation we see could be in wintry form. It is unclear as to whether or not we experience just a cold rain or we see some sleet and freezing rain mixed in over the weekend. Needless to say, this is something we will certainly keep tabs on as we progress through the week.
In the meantime, grab a cup of hot coffee or hot chocolate, crank up the fireplace, and stay warm.
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