VIDEOS: East Texas on edge of system that could be rain or snow

Published on Monday, 10 February 2014 16:21 - Written by

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BY FAITH HARPER, fharper@tylerpaper.com

It’s up in the air whether East Texas will see icy weather conditions Tuesday and Wednesday morning.

Meteorologist Mario Valverde, with the National Weather Service – Shreveport, said East Texas is on the southwestern end of a winter weather system, and a few degrees difference in temperature will determine if snow falls.

He said temperatures are hanging around the freezing mark, and if they drop down to 31 degrees, freezing rain is possible. But if it warms up to 33 degrees, the rain will just be cold.

“(East Texas is) going to be on the southern end of this stuff — right on the freezing line,” Valverde said. “In the south, they are expecting cold rain, (and the) north is looking for the sleet and freezing rain.”

KYTX CBS 19 Chief Meteorologist John Adams said he expects it to get down to 28 Monday night around 2 or 3 a.m. He said that allows for a light dusting of freezing rain on bridges and overpasses that should melt of by noon.

Adams said he expects a mixture of rain and sleet Tuesday and for the combination to refreeze overnight.

After Tuesday, temperatures are expected to slowly warm up to highs in the 60s on Friday and low 70s by Monday.

Adams said temperatures will warm back up, but winter is not over.

“We will have brief warm-up,” Adams said. “Officially winter ends March 21st, so we have another month and a half to go.”