Heavy rain likely over the south half of the Arklatex Thursday night. Sunshine returns Friday but don’t expect a warm up. Freezing temperatures looking more likely for next week.
Thursday was another cloudy, breezy and cool day. Temperatures were mainly in the 50s with scattered showers and a few T’storms. It still appears that our heaviest and most widespread rain in the week ahead will be Thursday night. Look for an are of showers and a few t’storms to enter the western half of the area Thursday evening. That activity will move across our area during the night and will likely end from west to east early Friday morning. You can see by the latest outlook from Futurecast below that the heaviest rain will likely fall over part of E TX and NW LA south of Interstate 20.
Futurecast indicates that these area could receive anywhere from one to two inches of rain. Amounts will be much lighter to the north over NE TX , SW AR and SE OK. Amounts here will likely be less than one half inch. While we are looking at the chance for heavy rain, the chance for severe weather is looking very slim.
Sunshine will return to the Arklatex Friday as some dry and chilly air invades that area thanks to a gusty north wind. Friday night could be one of the coldest nights of the season so far under a clear sky. Overnight lows could dip into the low to middle 30s with freezing temperatures possible over the northern quarter of the area in SE OK and SW AR.
Another disturbance will bring yet another shot at some rain late Sunday, Sunday night, and Monday. Thunderstorms look unlikely with this system and rainfall totals shouldn’t be too heavy. Expect some even colder air to move in behind this system for the middle of next week. Lows Monday night will again dip into the low to mid 30s. That will not be the coldest night as low in the upper 20s to low 30s are on the way for Tuesday night. Thus, most of the area will likely see its first freeze of the season during the next week. You might think that this seems a bit early, but actually the timing of this cold is pretty close to normal. What is unusual about this cold snap is that we could go more than a week where temperatures stay below 60 degrees. Let’s hope that this is not a sign of what is to come for this winter.
Average High/Low for today’s date: 48/70.