A pair of cool days before a wet Wednesday in Houston

The forecast for this week is fairly straightforward. We’ll see a pair of cool and sunny days to start out, followed by widespread rain showers on Wednesday, before a cool and sunny weekend. As the region has has a relatively dry winter, the mid-week rainfall should help with the abnormally dry conditions for much of the Houston region—Galveston, Chambers, and Orange counties excepted.

MLK Day

It is clear and cold this morning, with freezing conditions on the far northern reaches of the Houston metro area, in places such as Huntsville, and lows of about 40 degrees in the city itself. With light northerly winds today, continued cold air advection will offset a mostly sunny day, and keep high temperatures at about 60 degrees. Low temperatures tonight will likely be a few degrees colder than Sunday night due to very light winds. This should allow for a more widespread, light freeze over areas such as Montgomery County.

Monday night low temperatures. (Pivotal Weather)

Tuesday

Another sunny, cool day with highs of around 60 degrees. By the late morning or afternoon, winds should shift around to come from the east, and along with building cloud cover this should help to moderate overnight temperatures, keeping them in the 40s for most of the region.

Wednesday

An upper-level pressure system should drive widespread showers across the Houston metro area on Wednesday and Wednesday night. Right now we don’t have any particular flooding concerns, as rainfall rates look manageable, and overall accumulations for most areas should be on the order of 1 to 2 inches. Without sunshine, highs Wednesday likely will remain in the upper 50s, and overnight lows not changing much.

Cumulative rainfall forecast for this week. (Pivotal Weather)

Thursday

Most of the forecast models bring rains to an end during the early morning hours on Thursday, allowing for some clearing skies. A cool front will push through during the daytime, but with sunshine we could see some high temperatures in the upper 60s. Lows Thursday night will likely fall below 50 degrees for most of the area.

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday

For the most part, the coming weekend looks splendid for late January. We expect mostly sunny days, with highs in the 60s, and overnight lows generally in the 40s. This is definitely a weekend to be thinking about some outdoor activities.

5 thoughts on “A pair of cool days before a wet Wednesday in Houston

  1. Blackhawks Fan

    Thanks for the lovely weather yesterday, today and tomorrow. You guys deserve a bonus. Not that you are getting one.

  2. tanstaafl

    Did I mention that my new Space City Weather umbrella that I got last month is awesome? But I haven’t had much chance to use it…

  3. Cindy Featherston

    Eric: congrats on a great race. You were right on target with the weather! The wind was tough, but I was expecting it. And, thanks again for spoiling us with the custom forecasts leading up to race day.

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