Posted by Matt Lanza at 7:42 AM
This roller coaster of a winter shows no signs of letting up as we head through the opening days of 2017. We have sleet, wind chills in the teens, a widespread freeze…and 80° weather to discuss. Here’s how it will unfold.
Friday & Weekend
Cold weather has now settled into the region.
6 AM temperatures are cold enough for perhaps some sleet or ice pellets to mix in, mainly north of Houston. (NOAA)
Expect a chilly, raw day today. We’ll have a stiff north wind, coupled with temperatures not getting much warmer than they are on the map above. In addition, we’ll have clouds and occasional light rain and drizzle throughout the day. Temperatures will be cold enough for perhaps some sleet or ice pellets to mix in over the area. Fortunately, the precipitation looks light enough and temperatures just warm enough that this shouldn’t be anything more than “conversational” wintry precipitation.
HRRR model forecast radar for today shows potential for some sleet to mix in at times, but probably no travel problems or ice accumulation. (Weather Bell)
But don’t be shocked to see or hear some ice pellet pings today.We’ll clear skies out, and actually, the weekend is going to be an absolutely beautiful winter one for Southeast Texas.
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Posted by Matt Lanza at 9:01 AM
Unsettled weather is going to be the story of the next several days. We have a lot to discuss, so let’s break it down.
Today & Weekend
No big issues for Friday, as we’ll see clouds thicken and seasonably cool temperatures. There could be a sprinkle later today, but steadier light rain won’t begin to break out until probably after Midnight. Rain may become steady to heavy at times on Saturday morning. Here’s the good news though: Rain will likely end early to mid afternoon Saturday, and the bulk of New Year’s Eve night will be dry. If you have outdoor plans, don’t cancel them, but I encourage you to follow the forecast just to be safe.
We’ll ring in 2017 the same way we spent much of 2016: Milder than usual and a bit damp.
While there will continue to be a slight chance of showers Sunday, I think the majority of the day will be dry. It will continue to be mild, with temps in the 70s.
For Monday, the weather gets a little more interesting. A vigorous upper level disturbance will arrive, bringing renewed showers and thunderstorms. There are a lot of details that are TBD with this one, but it could potentially produce some strong to severe thunderstorms, especially north of I-10. We’ll keep you posted if this becomes more than just a “potential.” Read More…
Posted by Eric Berger at 3:59 PM
Yes, Houston set a record high temperature for today, with the mercury hitting 84 degrees at Bush Intercontinental Airport. And yes, a cold front is now working its way into Houston that will provide some relief from the heat and humidity for the rest of this week. But that is not what I’m talking about. For this post I am referring to actual winter, as in…
Prepare yourself for the the memes, because they’re coming along with what appears to be this season’s first real Arctic front in about eight or nine days. Houston might even record its first freeze of the season, but there remains a fair about of uncertainty regarding that.
First freeze, when?
Let’s start with a bit of climatology. The following graphic shows when, historically, Houston can typically expect to record their first 32-degree or lower temperature of the season.
Houston first freeze climatology. (Brian Brettschneider)
Posted by Matt Lanza at 7:39 AM
Rumors of cold weather have been circulating for a little while now. As I write this, we’re about 36 hours away from “go” time. The details…
One more day of balmy weather will greet us today. We hit 79° yesterday at IAH Airport, but we’ll likely shave three to five degrees off that today. Expect low to mid 70s, with another round of sunshine.