Houston records first freeze, but will slowly warm up this week

Houston officially recorded its first freeze of the 2015-2016 winter this morning. As I wrote recently, this is the latest freeze on record in Houston since 1965-1966, and more than five weeks later than the average first freeze at Bush Intercontinental Airport.

TODAY and TUESDAY

We’ll slowly begin to warm up now, with highs in the mid-50s today and around 60 on Tuesday, along with mostly sunny skies. Lows will be cold at around 40 degrees, but not near freezing in the Houston metro area.

WEDNESDAY and THURSDAY

Clouds return, and eventually some decent rain chances. The best chances for rain will come from Wednesday afternoon through Thursday evening, and along the coast, as a disturbance moves overhead. Still, I don’t anticipate severe weather or that much rain.

For the most part the Houston region should see only modest rain accumulations this week. (Weather Bell)
The Houston region should see only modest rain accumulations this week. (Weather Bell)

Highs will be in the low 60s, with lows around 50 degrees.

FRIDAY

After scattered rain showers have moved through, Friday looks comparatively warm, with mostly sunny skies and highs in the mid- to upper-60s. But at some point — Friday night? Saturday morning? — a cold front will move through. The cold air may lag behind the front itself, however.

NEXT WEEKEND

At this point, in the wake of the front, the weekend looks mostly sunny and cold, especially Sunday. As I’ve been writing in my daily articles on weather for the Houston Marathon, Sunday has the potential to start out in the 30s and only warm to about 50 degrees. It should be great weather for long distance running.

Posted at 6:35 a.m. Monday

2 thoughts on “Houston records first freeze, but will slowly warm up this week”

  1. Well I hope winter hangs around longer than usual seeing as how it got a real late start … Bring the cold–and let’s keep it!

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