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Storms arrive to start the new year followed by an Arctic chill

Published: Dec. 31, 2021 at 3:45 PM CST|Updated: Dec. 31, 2021 at 8:56 PM CST
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(KSLA) - Showers and storms will be pushing through the ArkLaTex overnight and may ruin some New Year’s plans. Those storms will exit by Saturday afternoon, then temperatures take a huge dive!

Overnight, a few showers will be popping up and a couple of storms may develop. It’s less likely now that anything severe will take place until the early morning hours Saturday. Even then, it’s not a certainty. There’s still a slight risk for severe weather, which is a level 2 out of 5. This will mainly be for the threat of strong winds, large hail, and maybe a quick spin-up tornado.

Another round of showers and storms is expected ahead of a strong cold front Saturday. Widespread severe weather looks unlikely, but a strong storm or two is possible, bringing a risk of damaging wind and maybe a quick and brief spin-up tornado. The chance of rain is around 70%. Temperatures will warm back into the mid 70s ahead of the cold front.

Much colder air will be pushing in Saturday night. Temperatures by Sunday morning will have dropped into the 20s north of I-20, with 30s to the south. A strong north wind will make it feel like it’s in the teens.

We’ll struggle to warm up Sunday, even with a little sunshine breaking through the clouds. Afternoon highs will only reach 40. With a strong north wind around 15 to 30 mph, it will feel much colder than that.

There is the possibility of (whispers) snow Sunday. Latest guidance shows a wave of moisture moving over the ArkLaTex with very cold temperatures. This could cause some light, wintry mix or a few flakes of snow. There will not be any accumulation though. The ground is still too warm for that, and we are not expecting enough.

Temperatures will stay cool in the low 50s Monday, but expect to warm back to near 70 again by the middle of next week.

Don’t get used to those warmer temperatures though. Another cold front looks to be on its way with reinforcements. This will not bring much rain, if any at all. The temperatures though will be cooling back down to near freezing again by the end of the week. It seems as though winter is trying to stick around for a while!

Have a great rest of your Friday! Have a great, safe, and best year yet in 2022!

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