Light rain possible today and Thursday before a cold weekend

Temperatures are mild this morning, in the 50s for most of the Houston area, but a surge of colder air will move in tomorrow.

TODAY

A weak cold front is sagging into southeast Texas (temperatures are in the 40s in Brenham with low humidity), and will stall along the coast later today. This could provide the impetus for some scattered showers this afternoon, but I’m not expecting much rain. Highs will be in the upper 60s.

THURSDAY

A stronger front and upper-level low pressure system will move through Houston on Thursday. Before then highs should reach about 70 degrees. Although we can’t rule out the possibility of a few thunderstorms, right now the best dynamics for severe weather remain to the east, over Louisiana. Winds will pick up out of the north on Thursday afternoon as the front moves through, ending rain chances and likely clearing skies by sunset. Expect a breezy evening and cold night.

FRIDAY

Temperatures will fall to about 40 degrees by Friday morning, and expect continued gusty northern winds as cold air dives down across the Rockies and midwestern United States into Texas. Highs will likely only be in the mid-50s under mostly sunny skies.

SATURDAY

This will be a cold morning. Houston has a chance to see its second freeze of the season, although I expect most of central and southern portions of the metro area to remain just above freezing.

GFS model forecast low temperatures for Saturday morning. (Weather Bell)

GFS model forecast low temperatures for Saturday morning. (Weather Bell)

Highs will climb only into the 50s again, but because the wind should die down expect a fairly pleasant winter-like afternoon. It should be a great day for yard work, taking a hike or whatever you like outdoors.

SUNDAY

Winds return from the south, bringing a warming trend and highs in the 60s. Rain chances remain near zero.

SNOWSTORM

No, it’s not going to snow in Houston. But parts of the eastern United States, and especially the Virginia, area face the possibility of a major snowstorm on Friday and Saturday. Our own Matt Lanza has the basics right here, if you’re interested.

Posted at 6:50 a.m. Monday

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