Buckle up! We’re going to take a ride on a temperature roller coaster this week. Temperatures will gradually warm through the work week. By Friday, highs will be in the upper 60s to near 70 degrees. However, the warm-up will come to a screeching halt as a strong cold front arrives on Saturday.
On Saturday, a strong cold front will blast through the ArkLaTex. This strong cold front will bring in our next round of rain and a blast of cold air.
KSLA First Alert Meteorologist James Parish will take a closer look at this round of rain on FutureTrack in the video below.
Right now, rain is likely on Saturday. However, widespread heavy rainfall and strong to severe storms are not expected. Widespread rainfall totals across the ArkLaTex will likely be between 0.5-1.5″ of rain. A few spots could see between 1.5-2.5″ of rain. After a mostly dry week, this much rain will likely not cause any additional flooding problems.
As the rain moves out Saturday afternoon, much colder air is going to surge into the ArkLaTex. Temperatures will actually drop throughout the day on Saturday as the cold front passes through the area. Most places will wake up to temperatures in the 50s and 60s.
By Saturday afternoon, temperatures will likely range from the 40s north of the front to near 60 degrees south of the front. Gusty northwest winds will also follow the front into the area.
Much colder air will continue to filter into the ArkLaTex Saturday night into Sunday morning. Temperatures could range from near 20 degrees north of I-30 to near 30 degrees Sunday morning. Temperatures could drop to or below freezing for a good chunk of the area Saturday night into Sunday morning.
Despite a ton of sunshine, Sunday is not going to be warm. In fact, it will likely be the coldest day of 2019, so far. Highs will only be near 40 degrees.
The KSLA First Alert Weather Team will continue to track our next round of rain and this cold blast all week. Here are a few ways you can keep up with the latest forecast: