The blue norther will arrive overnight Saturday, leading to plummeting temperatures for the second half of the weekend.
As moisture overrides the cold air early next week, parts of Texas, including us in East Texas, could see some freezing rain or sleet.
EAST TEXAS (KTRE) -
After enjoying a nice stretch of sunny skies and spring-like temperatures, we will be transitioning in to an unsettled weather pattern over the next five to seven days.
Initially, we will see a brief warming trend, with above normal temperatures on Friday and Saturday. We will then see the bottom drop out once again, as another blue norther surges through Lufkin, Nacogdoches, and all of Deep East Texas on Saturday night.
Behind this strong cold front, temperatures will plummet from the 60's into the 40's on Sunday, in what I like to call a backwards day when it comes to our temperatures.
Once the cold air settles in, it looks like it will stay with us for quite some time as the winter chill will remains in place.
In addition to the cold snap, we will also see lots of clouds and very little, if any, sunshine through the middle of next week. These clouds will also provide us with several days worth of rain in the Piney Woods. Even though we are not expecting a washout or the rain to last all day long, it will be damp, with periods of on-and-off rain showers from Friday all the way into the middle part of next week.
Anytime we have cold air in place with moisture riding on top of the cold air, there is usually the potential for a little winter mischief to set in as well.
In looking at the latest computer guidance, there is the possibility of a little freezing rain and/or sleet to take place on Monday as temperatures may be hovering around the freezing mark late in the day. It should be noted that there is a much better chance of some wintry mischief across North and Northeast Texas, where temperatures and moisture content will be a bit more favorable for a wintry mix.
Our StormTracker forecast will need to be monitored and is subject to change early next week, as we get a better handle on the weather features that could lead to some freezing rain and sleet in our part of the state.
With a highly active weather pattern looming for East Texas, I highly encourage you to stay on top of your StormTracker forecast by checking our weather page for the latest updates. You can also check the radar, the temperatures, and the updated forecast where you live by downloading our FREE KTRE Weather app.