BY FAITH HARPER, firstname.lastname@example.org
East Texans should prepare for freezing temperatures and icy roads this morning.
Aaron Stevens, observing program leader for the National Weather Service — Shreveport, said Sunday’s overnight low was expected to be 29 degrees, and sleet was on its way.
“Roads are going to get slick,” Stevens said. “Bridges and overpass will freeze the quickest, and roads are going to be a nightmare in the morning.”
The freezing rain is expected on today until noon. The day will be a blustery one with a high of 36 degrees. There also are chances for more sleet or snow on Tuesday. Between two and three inches of precipitation is expected during the next few days.
“The snow will wrap up on Tuesday, clouds go away, and Wednesday is going to be sunny and beautiful, but it’s going to be really, really cold,” he said. Wednesday’s high is expected to be 47 degrees, with freezing temperatures overnight going into Thanksgiving and high temperatures in the low 50s for the holiday.
Then, temperatures will gradually begin to warm up with highs in the upper 50s on Friday and about 60 on Saturday, Stevens said.
Stevens said a strong arctic cold front with a low-pressure system is bringing in the wintery mix.
“It’s a little sooner than usual, but it’s normal winter stuff,” he said.
The bit of precipitation will bring Tyler close to normal on its rainfall count. Tyler has received 37.77 inches or rain so far this year, 2.9 inches below its normal of 40.67 inches.
“We are supposed to get two to three inches of liquid with this, so we will probably be close to normal by next week,” Stevens said.