PAnews.com, Port Arthur, Texas

January 24, 2014

Another arctic blast on way

Sherry Koonce
The Port Arthur News

PORT ARTHUR — A widespread wintry-mix of rain and sleet blanketed Southeast Texas throughout the day Friday while temperatures failed to rise above freezing, resulting in icy conditions not seen for a couple of years.

Those conditions could repeat, as even colder weather is expected Tuesday and Wednesday, with a slight chance of rain, the National Weather Service reported late Friday afternoon.

About a fourth to a half-inch of sleet fell across Southeast Texas Thursday night and Friday morning, setting the stage for hazardous driving conditions throughout the area.

Friday’s high temperature was 30 degrees; the low was 27.

Icy conditions are expected to last through mid-morning Saturday.

And, while the rest of the weekend is expected to benefit from a warming trend and sunny skies — a high temperature of 57 on Saturday and 64 on Sunday — NWS forecasters say keep the winterwear handy.

“We have another shot of arctic air moving in Tuesday and Wednesday with a 20 percent chance of rain,” Jim Sweeny, NWS meterologist, said. “This batch is over for now, but we have to look out for next week.”

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