Gorgeous weekend after Houston’s coldest morning in months

Houston hit 57° officially on Halloween, a couple degrees warmer than expected, which allowed us to experience the fourth coldest Halloween maximum temperature since official records began in Houston in 1889. It was the coldest Halloween since we also hit 57° back in 1993, which featured the all-time October low temperature of 29° too.

A few other superlatives across Texas from yesterday:

  • Amarillo was 14° on Thursday, the second coldest October temperature on record (back to 1892).
  • Lubbock hit 16° on Thursday, their coldest October morning on record (back to 1913).
  • Midland hit 16° on Thursday, their coldest October morning on record (back to 1930).
  • Abilene hit 20° on Thursday, their coldest October morning on record (back to 1885).
  • Dallas hit 30°, their 9th earliest freeze on record.

By any measure, this is not just an early season cold air mass, this is one of the earliest wintry air masses in Texas in recent years.

Houston is close to a record low this morning, but as of 6 AM, we’re just a couple ticks short.

Temperatures this morning (as of 5:30) are in the 30s almost everywhere away from the coast and middle of the city. There were quite a few pockets of subfreezing temperatures too. (NOAA)

As I write this, Houston officially sits at 37°, our coldest temperature since at least April 2nd. We will see if we can shave another degree or two off of that reading for the official low temperature and have our coldest morning since early March. The record low this morning is 35°, set back in 1993. The coldest readings in the metro area this morning seem to be right along Spring Creek to the north, with several sites reporting 31° as of 5:30 AM. Elsewhere, Conroe is down to 30°, Navasota has hit 29°, and Huntsville shows 28° so far. Pretty chilly!

Rest of today

The rest of Friday looks great. Sunshine will dominate, with nothing more than a few high clouds and temperatures will quickly warm up through the 40s and into the 50s. Most of the area should top out around 60 degrees or a little above that with much lighter winds than yesterday.

Weekend

Both Saturday and Sunday should see mainly sunny skies. There could be a period or two of some higher clouds at times, blemishing the otherwise blue sky. But that’s about as bad as it would get. Morning lows on Saturday should still be cold, but they will end up a good bit milder than this morning, bottoming out in the low- to mid-40s.

Instead of widespread 30s, Saturday morning should feature widespread lower and middle 40s across the region. (NWS forecast via Weather Bell)

A secondary cool front is going to push through on Saturday morning, which will just serve to reinforce the cool, dry air already over the area. Look for Saturday afternoon to still top off in the mid-60s. Sunday’s morning low and daytime high should be very similar to Saturday.

Monday

Clouds will become more noticeable on Monday, as onshore flow returns. Expect warmer weather too. Monday will top off in the low-70s after a morning in the low-50s. A stray shower or two will also be possible later Monday.

Rest of next week

Forecast confidence begins to plunge after Monday. The narrative should probably be warmer weather with increasing shower chances Tuesday, followed by somewhat lower rain chances and less humidity Wednesday. Our next front would arrive sometime on Thursday. The timing and details of the next front or fronts is highly uncertain. There is some hint in modeling of another significant burst of cold air next weekend, not quite as cold as what we have this morning but still pretty significant for early November. Again, confidence is quite low at this time. Either way, expect a warm up next week, followed by perhaps a little bit of temperature roller coaster. We will sharpen our pencils on this for Monday’s update. Enjoy the beautiful autumn weekend ahead!

7 thoughts on “Gorgeous weekend after Houston’s coldest morning in months

  1. Blackhawks Fan

    I’m loving this forecast – can you guys keep it this way for say the next 12 months? There might be a little something in the mail for you if you do….

  2. Bill W

    Just north of Humble, my temperature hit 34.3 degrees this morning and my readings usually are within a degree of Bush Intercontinental. So did we hit the record?

    1. Kelly Levitt

      Thank you, as always, for your great weather reporting. I was curious whether this year has the shortest time between temps in the 90’s and temps in the 30’s. If I’m correct, it was 12 days this year. Is that an interesting measure of anything?

  3. Kelly Levitt

    Thank you, as always, for your great weather reporting. I was curious whether this year has the shortest time between temps in the 90’s and temps in the 30’s. If I’m correct, it was 12 days this year. Is that an interesting measure of anything?

  4. Jason

    My temperature Thursday night was warmer than Wednesday night, it only went to 44 or 45. The winds slowed a lot which also helped, the house was about 55 this morning. I can’t wait until summer.

  5. Phil

    It’s crazy how we started out the month still practically summer hitting 90s wondering if we’d ever get our first front and ended the month just above freezing.

  6. John

    I live near Bush and got down to 33 last night. The dew point at Bush was 33 most of the night, bottoming out at 32. The official low at Bush was 37. Could the discrepancy be a heat island effect from all of the concrete? I also had frost on my windshield.

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