A chilly (but hopefully dry) New Year’s Eve, and a leaden start to 2016

It’s a chilly morning with temperatures in the upper 40s across most of Houston, and we’re not going to warm up much for the next several days.

TODAY

New Year’s Eve will remain, for the most part, gray and cold with highs only in the mid-50s. If there’s an upside it’s that I expect most areas will not see much, if any rain this afternoon and evening during the hours of revelry. Any rain that does fall will be light. However conditions tonight will be cold, and with a 10 to 15 mph northerly wind it will feel like about 40 degrees out.

GFS model forecast for wind chill temperatures at midnight tonight. (Weather Bell)

GFS model forecast for wind chill temperatures at midnight tonight. (Weather Bell)

 

NEW YEAR’S DAY and SATURDAY

The New Year is going to start out cold and gray. Both Friday and Saturday will struggle to reach 50 degrees as cold air moves in from the north. Skies will remain leaden, with light rain possible day and night. Accumulations should be slight.

SUNDAY

After a cold morning with temperatures possibly falling into the upper 30s our skies should finally clear, leading to a sunny day with highs in the mid-50s. Do not be afraid of the big, bright orange ball in the sky. That is a normal condition.

NEXT WEEK

After sunny and cool conditions on Monday and Tuesday the forecast remains a bit tricky for next week. Although I’m fairly confident we’re going to continue to see winter-like temperatures in Houston, the second half of next week could see some decent rain chances. We’ll have to wait and see.

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