Houston is experiencing a chilly morning, with lows generally ranging from the upper-30s to lower-40s across the region. This is cold for Houston, but as we’ll see in the forecast, it’s going to get colder still by next weekend as an Arctic front storms into Houston on Saturday.
The region enjoyed a mostly sunny weekend, and we should have more sunshine today before the clouds begin rolling in tonight and Tuesday. Expect dry and cool conditions today, with highs in the mid-50s and only mild winds. We’ll see another cold night on Monday night, although some scattered clouds should keep temperatures a couple of degrees warmer than Sunday night and Monday morning.
With a more southeasterly flow in place, skies should become more cloudy as moisture levels rise. Expect high temperatures near 60 degrees, with overnight lows around 50 in the city.
Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday
Temperatures should warm from the mid-60s on Wednesday to the lower- or mid-70s on Friday, and rising moisture levels may lead to some scattered light to moderate rain showers. I would not anticipate anything more than a few tenths of an inch of rain. Overnight lows will climb to around 60 degrees, but this warm-up should be fairly brief because …
An Arctic front will reach the Houston area sometime on Saturday. The exact timing of the front is not clear, but whenever it reaches Houston it is likely to bring a line of showers and thunderstorms—these should be brief-lived, and produce maybe one-half inch of rain. These rains will quickly be replaced by very strong northerly winds during the day and throughout the night. Highs before the front will likely be in the low 60s, and after the front’s passage they will fall off a cliff, with at least the northern half of Houston freezing on Saturday night, and probably most of the metro area.
We marathon runners like it cold, but this cold? The temperatures won’t be pleasant at race time, likely in the range of 27 to 33 degrees in downtown Houston. My big concern, however, remains winds. Depending on when the Arctic front reaches Houston, they could still be blowing considerably by Sunday morning, leading to some fairly extreme wind chills. Right now the best guess for winds on Sunday morning at the start of the race is 15 to 20mph sustained winds, with higher gusts. This will lead to wind-chill temperatures in the upper-teens. Plan your gear accordingly.
Skies should be clear, but highs on Sunday are unlikely to climb out of the low 40s for most of the region—if they get that warm. Another widespread freeze is likely on Sunday night, with potentially a hard freeze in the mid- to upper-20s for inland parts of the Houston region. We’ll have to refine the temperature forecast as we get closer to the weekend.
Most of next week looks chilly, with highs in the 50s, although we probably will be done with freezes after Monday. Winter, y’all!