TYLER, Texas (KETK) - A very mild start to the weekend will abruptly change Saturday afternoon as a major cold front moves into East Texas. There is enough cold air and an upper level system to lead to a possible wintry weather event Saturday night and primarily Sunday for East Texas.
The cold front responsible for the cooler weather is entering the Texas Panhandle tonight. Temperatures back into Oklahoma are very cold!
Ahead of the front on Saturday, the result will be rain. Sunday is the main day we’ll monitor the potential for wintry precipitation—this is mostly in the form of light freezing rain or drizzle.
Let’s look closely for our area as we help you plan your weekend.
Tonight, rain showers will increase. We will look for widespread rain showers as we head into Saturday morning, with greatest coverage in Deep East Texas.
Widespread and intense rain lets up by midday Saturday, and the cold front will be moving into our area during the afternoon and evening hours. Now, the drizzle and mist will continue along with the clouds. Much colder air moving in on Saturday afternoon and evening.
Overnight Saturday into Sunday, we will monitor the potential for some wintry precipitation developing in the near freezing air in North Texas. For us, just some of this patchy drizzle overnight into Sunday morning could possibly turn to freezing drizzle—we’ll watch that closely as temperatures fall to near freezing early Sunday morning. Otherwise, it will be very cold!
On Sunday, this is our best chance to see our wintry precipitation. Most of the day Sunday is dry, and as temperatures rise to the mid-30s to lower 40s, any precipitation will likely be rain at this point. However, Futurecast does show that a band of precipitation moving through Sunday afternoon. This could be a rain/freezing rain mixture, but we will have to watch it closely.
Right now, the forecast models have trended less on the precipitation for Sunday. But, until the upper disturbance passes by Sunday evening and night we could still see some winter weather. The East Texas Storm Team will be monitoring this closely and will keep you advised.
I will have further updates tonight on FOX51 News at 9PM and on KETK News At 10PM.