The wind machine will start this weekend, bringing the cold
DEEP EAST TEXAS (KTRE) – Big changes are on the way this weekend, thanks to a Canadian cold front arriving in our part of eastern Texas around dawn on Saturday.
The chance of rain with the front is only 20%, due to a lack of moisture for the front. Other than a few moving clouds and splashes on Saturday, most areas will appear to remain dry with the cold frontal passage.
The biggest story for us on Saturday will be the strong northerly winds coming in at 15-20mph, gusting to over 30mph at times throughout the afternoon. These chilly northerly winds will keep that chill in the air all day, as temperatures will start around 50 degrees before dropping rapidly into the 40s by mid-morning. These temperatures will generally stay in the mid-40s all day. When you factor in those brisk northwesterly winds, our wind chill values will typically be in the 30s.
Gusty winds will increase our wildfire risk in East Texas on Saturday. The combination of these winds with low humidity and dry fuels is the perfect recipe for any small spark to spread quickly. Just be smart about how you dispose of cigarettes or use machinery.
Cold air entering behind this Canadian cold front will set us up for some light frosts in eastern Texas as skies clear during the day Sunday. Sunday and Monday mornings will feature waking temperatures in the lower 30s.
It will be cool sunshine on Sunday as daytime highs only reach the lower 50s due to cool breezes remaining in place.
Cold mornings will then give way to seasonally cool afternoons under lots of blue skies on Monday and Tuesday of next week before another storm system appears to impact our part of the state of here the middle to last part of next week.
This mid-week storm system is going to be interesting to watch as the cold air starts rolling in late Wednesday through Thursday. There are signs that some embedded disturbances could overlap with the cooler air to bring light rain to our area by Thursday and Friday.
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