Month: December 2017

Cold and then colder for Houston in the days ahead

Posted by Eric Berger at 8:23 AM

The high on Christmas Day in Houston was 54 degrees, and on Tuesday the high only reached 51. Nevertheless, those days will feel balmy compared to the next two days, when high temperatures probably won’t climb out of the 40s. After a slight warm-up this weekend, we can expect potentially even colder weather next week.


Very light rain is falling across the southern half of Houston, and this activity should slowly push offshore this morning. But that doesn’t mean the Sun is going to grace us with its presence. No, instead we’ll be left with a cloudy, gray day with highs in the mid-40s. The coldest day of the year came on Dec. 8th (44 degrees) and we may tie that today.

Do not be alarmed if you see this in the sky on Friday.

Thursday and Friday

Moisture levels fall a bit, but I don’t think we can completely rule out a bit of drizzle during Thursday and Friday mornings. Thursday will remain cloudy, with a high of near 50 degrees, and Friday might actually nudge up into the mid-50s. Houston might also see the Sun for a time on Friday—please don’t be shocked when you see a big, bright, yellow orb in the sky. Nighttime temperatures will remain comfortably above freezing.

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We hope everyone enjoyed the Christmas holiday. For kids, the two week winter break has just begun, while for many others its back to work today. Weather wise, we are looking at a cold, and often damp forecast to end 2017 in Houston.


This morning has started out cold and gray, and conditions won’t change much throughout the day. The radar shows drizzle and light rain showers spreading out over the region, and this will remain the story for much of today and tonight. We won’t see much in the way of accumulations—with a tenth or two of an inch of rain on the west side of Houston, and perhaps as much as half an inch through Wednesday morning. Temperatures will remain cold, with gray skies limiting highs to around 50 degrees. Lows tonight will drop into the 40s.

Through Wednesday, rain accumulations should be greater to the east of Houston than the west. (NOAA/Weather Bell)


A cold front will push through the Houston region later on Tuesday or during the overnight hours, and this should bring some marginally drier air. Eventually, this drier air should allow for rain chances to end Wednesday. Even where it does rain Wednesday, accumulations should be slight. The main story will continue to be temperatures, with highs Wednesday likely remaining in the 40s—chilly.

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Warm weather to be whisked away this weekend

Posted by Matt Lanza at 7:31 AM

We’ve got one more warm day on tap before cooling off to more seasonable type weather in Houston. That will make four in a row for our area. Let’s explore the details.

Today and Tonight

A mix of a low overcast and some patchy fog around the area this morning. This isn’t a repeat of earlier this week though with dense fog prevalent. That said, we do have some sprinkles or light rain around so roads could be a bit wet in a few spots this morning.

Otherwise, expect a mostly quiet Friday. High temps today will be near 80° in Houston (it’s already 73° as of 7:30 AM). We could see that light rain or drizzle continue. There is a slight chance for a shower I suppose, but it would be most likely up toward College Station or out toward Brenham.

The main rainfall story develops tonight as a cold front sweeps through. Expect showers to become more likely toward sunset. We could see a thunderstorm embedded also, but that would probably be the exception rather than the rule. Rain won’t be terribly heavy and most places should see less than a half-inch, possibly less than a quarter-inch.

Rainfall through Saturday morning should be relatively minor across most of the area. (NWS/Weather Bell)

Showers continue into the overnight hours before gradually ending from northwest to southeast early Saturday morning.


We look mostly good on Saturday with clearing likely taking place pretty fast in the morning. We’ll have a mostly sunny afternoon with just a few high clouds around. You’ll notice it’s a quite a bit colder, with morning lows in the upper-40s and afternoon highs sneaking up to the middle or upper-50s. Saturday night will be chilly with lows in the low-40s.

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Back to pre-Christmas fog & clouds in Houston

Posted by Matt Lanza at 6:42 AM

Well, the break was nice while it lasted. Hope everyone got to enjoy yesterday’s mid to upper-70s and sunshine. Today starts another transition.

Today and Friday

We’re starting with fog or low clouds across parts of the area this AM. Low clouds seem more common than fog at the moment until you get to Louisiana. But we’ll start today with a mix of sun and some of these low clouds. A nice, sunny start is in the cards north and west of the city.

The new, fully operational, GOES-16 (now GOES-East) satellite shows widespread low clouds and fog this morning, especially along the coast. The aqua or gray colors show this best. (NASA SPoRT)

There could be a sprinkle or shower around as well, but it won’t be anything serious. Temperatures will top off in the mid or upper 70s once more this afternoon. Cloud cover may cap how warm we get in spots though. Onshore flow is back in style, and you’ll feel it today. Expect humidity to trend upward through the day with dewpoints climbing out of the 50s and into the mid or upper-60s by evening. That means dense fog will once again be a possibility tonight, though a bit of a breeze may allow the fog to be less prevalent than we saw earlier this week.

Temperatures will only drop off into the mid or upper-60s tonight, or about 20 to 25 degrees above normal for this time of year. After a warm start, Friday looks like a mix of clouds, fog, and a slight chance of rain showers. Expect temps to hit the mid or upper-70s once more. We could do 80° with just a little bit of sunshine. The chance of rain will increase as we get closer to evening. Expect a period of steady rain or showers later Friday night into Saturday morning. There could be a thunderstorm thrown in, but overall no serious weather is expected with this front.


Behind Friday night’s front, expect clouds and showers to linger early Saturday. Clouds could clear out from northwest to southeast on Saturday afternoon. Temperatures will be notably cooler. Expect the morning to start with upper-40s or low-50s only warming into the upper-50s to perhaps around 60° Saturday afternoon.

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