FIRST ALERT: Coldest air of the winter arrives this weekend

FIRST ALERT: Coldest air of the winter arrives this weekend
Widespread teens and 20s are possible by Sunday morning

The switch to a much colder weather pattern for the ArkLaTex is expected to begin over the weekend. Bitterly cold arctic air in Canada and Alaska will begin moving south into the United States this week and will likely bring the coldest air of the winter so far to the area by Sunday.

Bitterly cold arctic air heads south this week
Bitterly cold arctic air heads south this week

The pattern favors colder than average conditions through the end of January and this may extend into February as well as multiple pushes of arctic air arrive over the next few weeks.

The weather pattern favors below average temperatures at the end of January.
The weather pattern favors below average temperatures at the end of January.

The first round of this colder air will hit the ArkLaTex this weekend. Temperatures may start around 60 Saturday morning but it will get colder through the day with 30s and 40s possible by mid-afternoon. Temperatures will continue to fall into the 20s Saturday night with teens possible north of I-30. Sunday’s temperatures could struggle to get much above freezing and we’ll see widespread teens and 20s again Sunday night. Here’s how the cold settles in with Futuretrack:

Bitterly cold arctic air arrives this weekend

The colder pattern may also bring our best chances of wintry precipitation this year. On Saturday it’s possible that we’ll see some snow north of the I-30 corridor as the colder air settles in and the moisture begins to move out.

A wintry mix is possible north of I-30 on Saturday.
A wintry mix is possible north of I-30 on Saturday.

There may be more opportunities for snow or ice through early February, but nothing that is a for sure bet right now. Here are a few ways you can keep up with the latest forecast:

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