First Alert: A blue norther to bring a drastic drop in temperatures this weekend

First Alert: A blue norther to bring a drastic drop in temperatures this weekend

EAST TEXAS (KTRE) - We have been on a roller coaster ride over the past couple of weeks as our temperatures have been oscillating like a yo-yo.

Temperatures will be trending up on Friday and Saturday, with daytime highs on Saturday climbing all the way up into the middle 70's.  Yes, that is about fifteen degrees warmer than normal for mid-December.

This warming trend will come to a grinding halt on Saturday night as an Arctic cold front blasts through East Texas.

This Arctic front could even be referred to as a "blue norther", since it entails a temperature drop of twenty-to-thirty degrees in just a matter of minutes.

We may see a few showers and a couple of strong thunderstorms along the front late Saturday evening, right before it arrives on your doorstep.

Behind the front, gusty north winds will lead to a cold and blustery Sunday, in which our highs will struggle just to get out of the 30's under partly cloudy skies.  To make matters worse, it will feel even colder, as wind chill values will be in the 20's on Sunday morning due to the brisk, north winds that will be in place.

Once the cold air settles in, it will stick around for a while, which will put an end to our up and down see-saw ride.  As a result, we will be in store for at least two days of sub-freezing temperatures, with those freezes coming in on Monday and Tuesday morning of next week.  In addition to the freezing starts, daytime highs will not be all that warm, with temperatures struggling to make it into the middle 40's, even with some pockets of sunshine.

With frigid weather heading our way, don't forget about the P's of protection:  namely, the pets, pipes, and plants.

You may also want to throw a few extra logs on the fireplace as heaters will be getting a good workout in the not so distant future.

One of the best ways to stay on top of the weather where you live is to have our FREE KTRE weather app. on both your smart phone and tablet devices.   You can track the temperatures, view our interactive radar, get video updates, and so much more right in the palm of your hand.

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