More snow this week?
After the Dec. 4 accumulation of 1-2 inches of snow from Bridge City to Lake Charles, La., and parts north of there, the National Weather Service says there could be some snow Wednesday morning.
At presstime, Wednesday’s forecast for Bridge City/Orangefield, Orange, Mauriceville and Deweyville and east to Sulphur, La., called for a 20-percent chance of snow before 9 a.m. – partly cloudy with a high near 52 and north winds between 10-15 mph.
A winter weather advisory is in effect until 9 a.m. Wednesday. Periods of snow, sleet or freezing rain will cause travel difficulties. Be prepared for slippery roads and limited visibilities and use caution while driving.
A mid to upper level storm system progressing across the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles will form an area of low pressure over the western Gulf. As colder air continues to filter across the region at the surface and aloft, rain was expected to mix with snow late Tuesday, turning to snow after midnight in some areas north of U.S. 190 and Interstate 10.
With air temperatures expected to stay above freezing, snowfall accumulations were predicted at less than 1 inch, mainly on elevated surfaces.
Wednesday night was estimated to be mostly clear with a low around 33 and north winds between 5-10 mph.; opening up to sun Thursday with a high near 58.
Texas Climatologist John Nielsen-Gammon is reporting that Jefferson and Orange counties, along with 11 other counties inland of the upper Texas coast are in line to have their second-coldest winter ever; the coldest being in 1977-78, which averaged 6.3 degrees below normal.
He added that the 13-county southeast Texas climate region has averaged between 5 and 6 degrees below normal since Dec. 1, 2009.
Temperatures Thursday through Saturday were forecast with lows in the ‘40s and highs in the ‘50s.