Parts of Houston reached 80 degrees on Sunday, and we’re going to have another similarly warm day today. That raises the question: Is winter over?
The short answer is no. A fairly strong cold front will arrive this week on Tuesday, and next week has the potential to be even colder. The forecast models suggest we will see an Arctic outbreak in the upper Midwest, and there’s the possibility some of that very cold air may reach down into the Houston area by around Wednesday, Feb. 10. Obviously there are no guarantees so far out, but at this point next week does look quite cold.
For now let’s focus on this week.
Some fog is possible this morning, especially along the coast. There’s some question as to cloud cover, but if there are fewer clouds it’s possible that more of the Houston area will hit 80 degrees this afternoon. In any case, it will be another warm day, and an increasingly muggy night. Lows tonight won’t fall below the mid-60s.
The leading edge of the cold front will arrive Tuesday morning, and there may be a few showers as it moves through, but I am not expecting any kind of significant rain. This will bring some drier air into the region, and skies will clear, but temperatures will still climb into the 70s and really won’t start falling until the afternoon or especially evening hours. They will fall pretty quickly after sunset. Lows Tuesday night will be in the low 40s.
We’ll have three solid days of winter-like conditions in Houston, with sunny days, highs around 60 degrees, and overnight lows in the 30s. Friday morning looks to be the coldest of the bunch, with mid-30s in the city, and a freeze possible for areas north of Houston. As we get closer to the date I’ll try to better pinpoint the freeze line.
Some rain chances return by the weekend, but for the most part I expect highs in the 60s with partly sunny skies.
Posted at 6:40 a.m. CT