Cooler weather moves through Kilgore

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After days and weeks of 70-degree weather, Kilgore will have more seasonable December temperatures for the rest of the week.

Monday night and Tuesday’s rain gave way to a cold front that brought with it 50-degree temperatures.

“That’s pretty much the way of it through the remainder of the work week,” said Brandi Hughes, National Weather Service meteorologist in Shreveport.

Thursday could see overnight low temperature drop below the freezing mark of 32-degree Fahrenheit, according to the National Weather Service.

Hughes does not expect any wintery precipitation with this system, but many locations received between half an inch to an inch-and-a-half of rain. The rest of the week should be dry, she said.

While the rain is helpful, she said, the East Texas region needs “several really good two inch to four inch rains” to make significant progress on the drought situation.

Neither Gregg County nor Rusk County is under a burn ban, but the two counties are still in moderate to severe droughts, according to the Drought Monitor, put together by the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Texas A&M AgriLife’s Keetch-Byram Drought Index, which is used to issue burn bans, determines the forest fire potential and rates areas of Texas on a scale from 0-200 and 700-800, with 0 showing no moisture depletion in vegetation and 800 representing “absolutely dry conditions.” Gregg and Rusk Counties are in the 500-600 and 600-700 categories on the scale.

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