DEEP EAST TEXAS (KTRE) - A big cold snap is coming to East Texas this weekend, which means it is time to find those heavy winter coats, scarves, mittens, and toboggans.
A few strong thunderstorms may take shape along the leading edge of the cold front in the overnight hours. These storms will be forming just along and ahead of the Arctic cold front and a few of them could be on the strong side, containing small hail, and gusty winds.
Rainfall amounts look to average between one-third to one-half inch due to the fast-moving nature of this cold front sweeping through the state.
In the wake of the cold front, we will experience blustery, north winds and a big drop in those temperatures during the day on Saturday as we go from the 50′s in the morning to the 40′s in the afternoon.
When you factor in those gusty, north winds with temperatures in the 40′s, our feels like temperatures will be in the 30′s during the day on Saturday, despite the sunshine that returns in the afternoon.
This arctic blast will then set the stage for a couple of nights of sub-freezing temperatures come Sunday and Monday mornings in which most areas will drop into the upper 20′s on Sunday morning and right around 30 on Monday.
It should be noted that the airmass is not as cold as it looked like it would be a few days ago. So even though we are still forecasting freezing temperatures, it will not be nearly as deep of a freeze as it could have been.
Thankfully, the sunshine will be out, albeit, it will be a cold sunshine on Sunday and a cool sunshine come Monday.
We then quickly warm-up as south winds return before another cold front brings more rain chances and another cool down our way by the middle of next week.
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