Houston will feel truly winterlike this week, plus an early look at our Thanksgiving forecast

Good morning. Houston will see a brief warm-up today, with a healthy chance of rain showers, before a front ushers in the coldest week of the year since the depths of last winter. And by cold, I mean daytime highs mostly in the 50s, which is really rather chilly for mid-November. So dress warmly.

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Temperatures this morning are starting out in the upper 40s to around 50 degrees for the Houston metro area. Highs today should reach the mid-60s, and while this may not sound all that warm, it probably will be the warmest weather our region experiences this week with another front on the way. Before this front arrives, however, moisture associated with a low pressure system offshore will help to generate a healthy chance of rain today, mostly from around 10 am to 6 pm. Rain accumulations will be greatest along the coast, where 1 to 2 inches may fall. A few of these thunderstorms may be severe. Further inland, amounts will decline to 0.25 to 0.75 inch, approximately, but almost everyone should see precipitation. The front’s arrival late this afternoon and evening will help shove the coastal low away, and bring drier air into Houston. Lows tonight will drop into the mid-40s in Houston, with cooler conditions inland.

NOAA rain accumulation forecast for Monday and Monday night. (Weather Bell)


Expect a partly to mostly sunny day, with northerly winds gusting to perhaps 20 or even 25 mph. Highs will be in the mid-50s. Rain chances are zero. Lows Tuesday night will drop to around 40 degrees in Houston, with colder conditions inland. Some far northern areas, such as Huntsville, may see a light freeze.


This day will be similar to Tuesday, albeit with a few more clouds, and perhaps slighty less wind out of the north. Normal highs for this time of year are about 70 degrees, but we’re going to be experiencing dead-of-winter conditions this week. Dress warmly!

Thursday and Friday

The cold weather train chugs on to end the work week, with highs in the mid- to upper-50s and partly to mostly sunny skies. Lows Thursday night will again drop into the 40s.

Lows on Thursday morning should be some of the coldest this week, with a chance of a light freeze possible for far inland areas. (Weather Bell)

Saturday and Sunday

Conditions for this weekend remain uncertain. Days are likely to remain chilly, with highs in the 50s. But nighttime temperatures may moderate slightly as skies turn more cloudy. The overall pattern may bring another coastal low pressure system near the region, so we’re looking at the possibility of rain showers from Friday night into Saturday, with the best chances again near the coast. However, it’s too early to have much confidence in the finer details of the forecast beyond saying there’s a 40 percent chance of rain, or so.

Next week

So what does all this mean for conditions next week, and the Thanksgiving holiday on Nov. 24? Ten days is at the edge of our ability to forecast, however we can say a few things. At this point it appears another front may push into the area early next week, bringing us one more blast of colder air. The details on that are pretty fuzzy, but after this conditions should finally moderate back toward more “normal” weather for late November. By Wednesday or Thursday, therefore, the region may start to see highs in the upper 60s or lower 70s. For Thanksgiving, there is actually a decent signal in the global models for some rainfall but at 10 days out that really is a crapshoot. So my early forecast for Turkey Day calls for somewhat warmer, and possibly wetter weather. But there is a long ways to go, and a lot of turkey puns to write, before we get to a locked-in forecast.

12 thoughts on “Houston will feel truly winterlike this week, plus an early look at our Thanksgiving forecast”

    • Ditto on loving these current temperatures. Perfect for walking briskly outside, building up some heat, and actually enjoying it. Plus, the AC is off for a good long rest.

  1. Thanksgiving is always warm here. I’d be shocked if it were any other way!

    Thanks for your hard work as per usual. I personally don’t like super cold, but 60s and sun? Bring it on. 🙂

  2. OMG, Do you know what fingernails on a blackboard sound like? Eric, you are a writer, how could you make such a mistake? In the second paragraph you wrote, “Your purchase of merchandise … compensates Matt and I for the work we do…” How could you make such an amateurish error? Does someone else write for you? Does anyone proofread?

    The quick check when you are writing or speaking and you want to choose which is correct (I or me) is to eliminate the “and” and see how it sounds. So very quickly you change the sentence to read “Your purchase of merchandise … compensates I for the work we do…” Now how does that sound!! It’s horrible!!

    And this works on the opposite side of the verb as well. You might be tempted to say something like, “Matt and me wrote about this before…” A quick substitution to eliminate the ‘and’ leaves “… me wrote about this before…” That’s what it sounds like to people who know better.

    I just had to comment, sorry, you guys do such great work, I just can’t let you get away with that. I hope someone moderates my comment so only you see it and not the entire public. I don’t mean to embarrass you.

  3. Hey Jerry – Here’s a lesson from 44 years of teaching in the middle school classroom: Never criticize in public.

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