Rainstorms yield to dry, cold weather in Christmas forecast

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After a rainy week Kilgore can look for a drier, colder Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

C.S. Ross, hydrologist for the National Weather Service in Shreveport, said the highs are expected to be in the 50s with overnight lows below freezing through the holiday.

Although cold, the NWS is not forecasting any winter weather in the Kilgore area for Christmas.

The seasonably cold weather comes after two storms roared through Kilgore dropping rain across the area.

Tuesday’s storm brought more than two inches of rain to Kilgore, moving it from the 500-plus categories on the Keetch-Byram Drought Index down to the bottom two categories from 0-300.

The Keetch-Byram indicates the risk for forest fire across the state. The Drought Monitor, produced by the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, also showed Gregg and Rusk Counties in the moderate drought level, just one level above “abnormally dry.”

While some areas of the region saw closer to five inches of rain Tuesday into Wednesday, the new NWS rain gauge at Rabbit Creek in Kilgore registered 2.71 inches of rain during the storm, Ross said.

Kilgore did not see any severe weather, but the National Weather Service confirmed an EF-1 tornado touched down in Rusk. The official storm report lists downed or snapped concrete power poles, roof damage, lofted and destroyed outbuildings and uprooted and snapped trees.

With most of the rain makers and the severe weather coming in the spring, Ross acknowledged Tuesday’s rain was not accompanied by a cold front and was atypical for December in East Texas.

The storms came about when a strong warm front moving into the region from the Gulf of Mexico mixed with moisture from the Eastern Pacific Ocean – off the coast of Northern Mexico near Baja.

Friday’s rain, though, was a result of the cold front moving through the area bringing with it the more seasonable weather.

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