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Monday, January 15, 2007

Latest SE Texas Winter update

This is the 6 pm update from KHOU Channel 11 in Houston. The northern counties of SE Texas are under an Ice Storm Warning while some of the counties closer to the coast including Harris County (Houston) is under a Winter Storm Watch. The counties right along the coast are not predicted to drop below freezing. My backyard thermometer has been holding around 38 F. With the cloud cover it may not get much colder but the wind chill is easily taking off an additional 10 - 15 degrees.

Forecast from KFDM Channel 6 Weather Center in Beaumont, TX with forecasts for the Golden Triangle (Beaumont, Orange and Port Arthur, TX) and for the Lakes area (near Sam Rayburn and Toledo Bend reservoirs) both of which are in extreme southeast Texas.

Forecast Discussion
Forecasted By: Greg Bostwick
Last Updated: January 15, 2007 - 3:49PM
Winter Storm Possible...

Colder air continues to take over resulting in slowly falling temperatures. Readings are currently dropping to freezing in the Tyler County area with the freeze line moving into the Triangle later tonight and Tuesday morning. Little if any change in temperatures is expected Tuesday into Wednesday morning with readings staying near freezing.

An upper level disturbance is moving northeastward out of Mexico. This system will bring us periods of freezing rain and freezing drizzle tonight into Wednesday morning with the main impact to the northwest of a Kirbyville to Liberty line. At this time, ice accumulations of up to 1/4 of an inch will be possible. This is in contrast to the 1997 ice storm which produced up to one inch of ice.

Lakes Area Forecast....

Tonight.....Cloudy with a 60 percent coverage of rain likely becoming freezing rain overnight. Temperatures falling to near 30. Winds north to northwest 5-20 mph.

Tuesday.....A 90 percent coverage of freezing rain and freezing drizzle. Temperatures holding near freezing. Winds northerly 6-18 mph.

Triangle Forecast.....

Tonight....Cloudy with a 60 percent coverage of rain possibly becoming freezing rain and freezing drizzle by daybreak. Lows near 32. Winds north to northwest 6-22 mph.

Tuesday.......A 90 percent coverage of light rain with possible freezing rain and freezing drizzle. Highs near 33. Winds northerly 6-20 mph.

Marine Forecast for Tuesday.....

Winds......N 15-32 knots. Small Craft Advisory.

Seas.......5-7 feet.


Water temp......58.

Weather........Cloudy with a few showers.

Outlook for Wednesday......N/NE 8-24 knots. Seas 4-5 feet. Widespread rain.

Sabine Pass Tides for Tuesday....

High...........3:38 P.M.

Low............7:12 A.M.

Sunrise Tuesday.....7:13 A.M.

Sunset Tuesday......5:39 P.M.

Record Low Tuesday.........22 in 1972

Record High Tuesday........78 in 1952

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