By Judson Jones, CNN Meteorologist
Temperatures in parts of Texas will drop this week, from mild highs Wednesday in the 70s and 80s to below freezing Thursday evening through Friday, with the possibility of winter mixing.
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“75 to 35 sounds like a car manufacturer’s stopping power, but the numbers aren’t in miles per hour: that’s the temperature range in Houston over the next few days,” CNN meteorologist Chad said. Myers.
And it’s not just the Lone Star State heading for a Texas-sized cold plunge. A widespread cold front will stretch from the southern tip of that state to the northern edge of Maine, with temperatures behind it falling well below average across the eastern half of the United States.
A quick burst of winter precipitation could arrive along the front, including parts of the southern and mid-Atlantic states hit by a winter storm this week.
“This Arctic storm and dive is unusual, even in January, for the distance south where cold air will push and produce winter precipitation,” CNN meteorologist Dave Hennen said.
“Take Corpus Christi, (Texas) which could hit 80 degrees today but will see falling temperatures and possible snow and ice by Thursday night,” he said. “On average, the city only sees ice or snow every three or four winters.”
Freezing weather is possible in Texas
The thought of another ice event in Texas likely causes anxiety after last year’s ice storm, which crippled public infrastructure and claimed dozens of lives.
The good news is that it doesn’t look like this massive ice storm, although there’s a good chance a winter mix is developing along the cold front in southern Texas.
“Much of Deep South Texas will have a chance/slight chance of seeing a wintery mix of precipitation on Thursday. night to Fri. Morning. Only minor ice accumulations are expected at this time,” the National Weather Service office in Brownsville tweeted.
Winter storm watches cover the southern part of the state from Austin to Brownsville. This means wintry weather is possible for the next 48 hours.
“Those considering venturing outdoors should be prepared for the possibility of ice accretion on exposed surfaces such as raised sidewalks, as well as bridges and overpasses,” the weather services office said. ‘Austin.
Some isolated areas may see ice build up on the roads, but it looks like most of the frost will be on exposed surfaces.
Snow is likely during rush hour in DC and New York
Meanwhile, snow early Thursday will impact Kentucky, including Louisville, and northern Tennessee. Nashville will see light rain turn to ice, then a light accumulation of snow, adding to its January snowfall total of 9.3 inches – most snow in January since 1985.
Then the snow makes its way into the mid-Atlantic, just in time for Thursday morning rush hour in Washington, DC. “A period of light snow may continue for a few hours before ending Thursday afternoon,” the weather services office said.
Although the snowfall totals don’t appear to be significant, winter weather conditions during commute hours can often cause problems.
New York is also likely to see rain turn to snow as the front moves into Thursday morning. “The area will then see several hours of light snowfall during the morning drive and into the early afternoon,” the New York weather bureau said Wednesday morning.
Only a few inches are currently planned.
The Carolina coast could also have ice
Along the same cold front, freezing rain could fall Thursday evening through Friday in the Carolinas, with significant icing possible Friday in eastern North Carolina.
“You don’t see this every day. A winter storm watch for the eastern Carolinas and southern Texas,” tweeted the weather bureau in Greenville, South Carolina.
Winter storm watches have been issued for parts of South Carolina and North Carolina. Sleet totals could total up to 2 inches and the ice could thicken up to one-tenth to three-tenths of an inch.
“The power outages and tree damage are likely due to ice,” said the National Weather Service office in Raleigh, North Carolina. “Travel could be nearly impossible.”
The greatest risk of winter precipitation along the coast occurs Friday night through Saturday. A center of low pressure off the coast could pull Atlantic moisture into cold air, allowing a wintry mix to fall Saturday morning in places like Myrtle Beach and Charleston, South Carolina.
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