, Port Arthur, Texas

April 17, 2014

Sunny skies forecast for Easter

Sherry Koonce
The Port Arthur News

— Unseasonably cold temperatures and rainy skies are clearing from the area, just in time for a warm and mostly sunny Easter weekend.  

Though a few clouds from a system moving through the Gulf will linger Good Friday morning, sunshine is expected to return by afternoon, Donald Jones, National Weather Service meteorologist, said Thursday.

“We are pretty much done with the cool weather, and as far as Easter goes, it should be a pretty benign pattern and make for a good weekend,” Jones said.

High temperatures Friday are forecast to reach 78, beginning a warming trend that will reach 80 Saturday and Sunday.

This weekend’s weather will be a welcome relief from unseasonably cold temperatures that blew through Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana this week.

In the Port Arthur area temperatures dipped to a chilly 40 degrees Tuesday, while Lake Charles saw a record-breaking 36 during the cold snap.

Records were also broken in Alexandria, La., but not in Texas, Jones said.

A chance of rain is back in the local forecast for Monday and Tuesday, but only a 20 percent chance.

In the meantime, Jones said the Easter weekend should be pleasant, with southerly winds bringing temperatures back to normal for this time of year, just time for many Easter activities planned for the weekend.

They include:

Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt set for Saturday

Bring your flashlights and your Easter baskets, it’s time for the Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt.

Registration begins at 5 p.m. and the hunt begins at 7:15 p.m. Saturday, April 19 at Barbara Jacket Park, 100 Gilham Circle.

The event is sponsored by the City of Port Arthur Department of Parks and Recreation, The Van Club, Marvelously Created, The Ivy League and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc.

All eggs are filled with a treat.

Organizers ask that you bring your camera for photos with the Easter Bunny.

There will be popcorn, snow cones, arts and crafts and games.

For more information about this free event, contact the Department of Parks and Recreation at 983-8152.

• NEDERLAND — The 12th Annual Community Easter Festival is scheduled for 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 19 at Doornbos Park in Nederland.

There will be free prizes of Easter baskets and bikes as well as a cakewalk, dunking booth, Easter Egg hunt, free food, jump houses and a concert. The Easter Bunny will be in attendance.

The event is sponsored by First Baptist Church Nederland. For more information, call 722-0263.

• Central Baptist Church, 4545 Highway 73, will hold an Easter egg hunt at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 19. Bring your basket! Rain or shine. For children: babies through fifth grade

• GROVES — Groves First United Methodist Church will host its annual Bunny Breakfast and Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 19 at the church, 6501 Washington.

Breakfast will be served from 9 to 9:45 a.m. followed by crafts, story time egg dying, games and a chance to visit with the Easter Bunny during the morning. Organizers ask parents to bring their cameras.

A giant Easter Egg hunt will follow the activities.

• PORT NECHES — The 46th Annual Easter Sunrise service will be held at the riverfront pavilion in Port Neches riverfront Park at 6:30 a.m. Sunday, April 20.

The program will include a welcome by the Port Neches Chamber of Commerce and posting of colors by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4820 and the Pledge of Allegiance by Dennis Gordy.

The invocation will be delivered by the Rev. Wesley Welborn, First United Methodist Church, Port Neches; sermon by the Margaret Desmond of Trinity Presbyterian Church, Port Neches; and benediction by the rev. David Birdsong of Southside Baptist Church, Port Neches.

Music will be provided by Kelly Grace and Kay Doucet with Trinity Presbyterian Church, Port Neches.

Coffee and refreshments will be served by the VFW Auxiliary of Port Neches before the service.

The public is invited to attend the sunrise service and encouraged to bring lawn chairs.

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