A major winter storm is expected to impact Orange County over the next several days. Residents can expect strong winds and rain beginning on Tuesday as the arctic blast blows through Southeast Texas.

Temperatures will plummet to a predicted low of 25 degrees after night fall on Tuesday. High winds will continue on Wednesday with a high of 43 degrees and a low of 29 degrees at night.

Cold weather will continue throughout the rest of the week with daytime high temperatures rising to near 50 degrees and dipping to near or below freezing at night. More rain is in the forecast for Friday with a low of 30 degrees.

According to the National Weather Service, a rapidly deepening upper-level trough and an intensifying disturbance over the southwest will drive this system. A large amount of gulf moisture will feed into the system ahead of the incredibly strong surface front over the Southern Plains.

Much of north and central Texas will receive snow, sleet and freezing rain.

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