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January 24, 2014

Weather expected to warm up this weekend

PALESTINE — If Thursday had you wishing for your warm, winter hat and a cup of steaming hot cocoa, take heart — the forecast is expected to warm up through the weekend.

According to Jeffe Moore, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Fort Worth, Palestine shouldn't have “any major problems” with the weather, and only “light accumulations” of freezing precipitation. The brunt of the cold front blew through Thursday, with reports of snow and sleet in the area, but is expected to warm up today and into the weekend.

“There's a cold front thats moved through,” Moore said, adding that the freezing precipitation should have headed out by early morning. “We're looking at mostly cloudy skies (this) morning, then it will become mostly sunny with highs in the lower 40s, and we'll have north winds around 5 mph becoming west in the afternoon.”

According to the NWS website, the high temperature for today will be 40 degrees, which should drop down to a low of 28 degrees by tonight. Chances of snow or sleet are 20 percent today.

“The worst areas having problems (this) morning are going to be down to your south, heading down toward Houston and College Station, or down towards Austin. They will see some ice or snow,” Moore said. But Palestine should be in the clear.

“The pattern will change pretty quickly over the weekend. Winds will become westerly and we'll warm up for the weekend, and then we'll have another cold front coming in late Sunday night, bringing in colder weather for the early part of next week.”

In other words, enjoy the weekend.

Saturday and Sunday are expected to swing back up with highs in the low to mid-60s, respectively, then dip back down at night to the low 40s.

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