Clouds and then possibly storms before clearing later this week

Good morning. It’s quite warm this morning, and after several days of mostly sunny skies a thicker cloud deck has streamed in from the west during the overnight hours. Here’s what this building cloud deck looks like on satellite.

NOAA satellite image from 1:30am to 6am CT Monday.

The clouds, warmer weather, and healthy rain chances will be with us through Wednesday before a cold front moves through and clears us out. We’re watching for a risk of strong thunderstorms Tuesday night and Wednesday during the daytime, but right now our concerns for the Houston area are not too great.

Monday

Today should be most gray and warm, with highs in the upper 70s despite cloudy skies. Expect light winds out of the south. Rain chances are probably around 10 percent for most of the area, with anything that falls likely being light. Lows Monday night will only drop into the upper 60s for most of Houston, with the possibility of some fog early Tuesday morning.

Tuesday

By Tuesday our atmosphere will be more moist, and will support the kind of lifting required for rainfall. However, for the most part Tuesday should be similar to Monday with just a bit more widespread light (misty?) rainfall that should not provide any accumulations. Temperatures Tuesday will again be in the upper 70s. If you’re heading out to the opening act of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Midland, we can’t rule out the possibility of some light rain but we’re not expecting anything too organized. Temperatures will be warm, likely around 70 degrees, during the evening hours.

Wednesday

Better rain chances push into the region on Wednesday, when we expect to see showers for most of the area. Rain accumulations definitely look better up north, with totals of 0.5 to 1.5 inches likely north of Interstate 10, and accumulations less than 0.5 inches south of the freeway. We can’t entirely rule out the threat of some hail and strong winds on Wednesday embedded in some thunderstorms, but the overall risk appears to be fairly low. Highs Wednesday should again be in the 70s, with lows dropping into the 50s during the overnight as cooler, drier air arrives.

Rain accumulation forecast for now through Friday. (Pivotal Weather)

Thursday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the upper 60s, likely will prevail in the wake of Wednesday’s front. Conditions could be a bit breezy. Lows probably will drop to around 50 degrees.

Friday and Saturday

Partly to mostly sunny skies should be with us through the first half of the weekend, with highs on Friday and Saturday of around 70 degrees, with lows in the 50s. So it should be quite pleasant.

Sunday and beyond

Clouds and warmer weather return by Sunday, likely with improving rain chances on Monday, but with no clear signal of a strong front after that.

7 thoughts on “Clouds and then possibly storms before clearing later this week

  1. Meg

    Any idea of what time the rain is expected to start Wednesday morning? I have movers scheduled for 8am and having visions of wet cardboard boxes and furniture 🙁 🙁

  2. Ari Eberlin

    RE: Sunday, your wording sounds like a nice way of saying Winter may very well be officially over this weekend. Would that be a fair assessment?

    1. Jason

      Ari, the beginning of March is too early to rule out chilly weather. There is usually the Easter Snap, but that skipped a few years lately. If I recall April 2019 had an overnight low that was in the upper 30s. But, next Sunday is the beginning of Daylight Savings Time, so it makes sense that warm weather should start then.

  3. Jason

    It says after several days of mostly sunny skies, but the change started yesterday (Sunday) which was dark all day with brief drizzle and light rains. Saturday was also somewhat cloudy.

    1. Kevin

      No one wants drought conditions. But after the kinds of rainstorms we’ve seen around here over the last few years, I’ve learned not to complain too much about it being dry.

  4. David

    I love the work you guys do. I look over at weather channel’s forecast for us and they show:
    – Tues: 40% change of thunderstorms (Scattered) in the AM
    – Tues Night: Scattered thunderstorms during the evening becoming more widespread overnight (80%)
    – Web: Thunderstorms likely (80%)

    Then I read your post and see you’re much more pessimistic about the rain/storm chances.

    Curious what data/model they’re using that causes it to be so aggressive.

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