EAST TEXAS (KTRE) - We have some noticeable changes coming to East Texas in the days ahead as our weather pattern continues to remain very active.
On Friday night, we will see some scattered, heavy thunderstorms develop and move through the Piney Woods. A few storms could contain some small hail and gusty winds.
Friday night storms will then be followed by a big dip in our temperatures as a Blue Norther sweeps its way through the Texas Forest Country on Saturday. This cold snap will consist of blustery conditions throughout the day on Saturday, aided by a stiff north wind, gusting up to 20 to 25 mph at times.
This will set the stage for several days in which our morning lows will be around freezing with daytime highs only reaching the middle-to-upper 40's.
I am not expecting any hard or deep freezes during this cold snap. However, our daytime highs will remain about ten degrees colder than normal for this time of year, which means the heavy jackets will be needed for the duration of the days in which our temperatures will not be warming up much.
In order to get ready for Old Man Winter's arrival, make sure you take care of the three P's of protection: namely, pets, pipes, and plants.
It should be noted that even though I am not expecting any pipe-busting type of freeze with this strong cold front, it would be a good idea to go ahead and wrap any exposed pipes around your home, just in case we encounter a deep freeze down the road as we head through our winter season.
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