It’s an icebox out there, folks. After Tuesday night’s precipitation, skies cleared out from north to south, and shortly after midnight many areas saw stars. This, in conjunction with very cold Arctic air, brought the low in Huntsville down to 13 degrees this morning, as of 7am CT. Most of central Houston saw temperatures from 18 to 20 degrees. Even Galveston, our balmy, tropical Galveston with its lovely palm trees, fell to 25 degrees. The following map shows temperatures across Texas this morning.
It does not appear as though Houston will set a record low temperature for today (which is 15 degrees, set in 1930). However, this is the coldest it has been in the city since January, 1996, and the region has not registered a colder temperature since Dec. 24, 1989.
Area roadways remain a mess. Although some roads have dried out from Tuesday’s precipitation, ice remains a problem across the city—mostly on bridges and overpasses. As of 7am, Houston Transtar reports 137 areas of ice on roadways, and these are only the major thoroughfares. Sunny skies today will help the process of sublimating ice on roads, and by noon temperatures should reach above freezing for most of the metro area. Until then, travel will be dicey through the area. Check your route before you leave home. By this afternoon roads should be clear.
Highs today will reach the mid- to upper 30s before another cold night with lows around 20 north of the city, in the mid-20s in Houston, and near freezing along the coast.
A bit warmer, with partly cloudy skies and highs in the upper 40s. There’s a chance areas far inland see a freeze Thursday night, but most of the area should be in the clear.
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
Warmer weather finally returns to Houston. No, really. The onshore flow reestablishes itself, and we’ll see high temperatures climb from about 60 degrees on Friday to around 70 on Sunday. Overnight low temperatures will be in the 50s. The weekend should also largely be a gray affair, with mostly cloudy skies and a chance of scattered showers and a few thunderstorms. I don’t think we’re going to see significant accumulations—probably a half an inch of rain or less for most—but it wouldn’t hurt to carry an umbrella with you as showers pop up.
A moderate cool front arrives later on Sunday, and this should set the stage for pleasant, winter-like weather for most of next week. How does highs in the 60s, lows in the 40s, with mostly dry days sound?