The worst is behind Houston with one cold night left and 60s on the horizon

Good morning. We hope this finds you well today. If you are available to help out in the community, Crowdsource Rescue is looking for volunteers in the Houston area to deliver relief today to those that need some:

Here’s a quick roundup on some key issues:

Power: Nothing new that I have seen from ERCOT this morning, and CenterPoint is reporting all but 3,900 customers with power (as of 6:30 A.M.). We don’t expect a repeat of this week’s mess, but we’d encourage you to continue conserving power where you are able for another day.

Water: For the city of Houston, it sounds like a boil water notice will remain in effect through much of the weekend. There will be water distribution today for folks who are unable to boil. Many other communities are in similar situations right now, so please monitor your community’s social media feeds or websites for information on status and bottled water availability.

Roads: Only a handful of issues remain out there, but they do exist so please drive cautiously, especially the next few hours. Check Houston Transtar’s website for the latest road conditions.

On to the weather.


We are beginning the day with a hard freeze across much of the region. Temperatures have bottomed out at 27° at both Bush and Hobby Airports, colder elsewhere.

A hard freeze is occurring this morning across the region, with temperatures in the 20s everywhere except the coast. (Weather Bell)

With the sun out in force today, look for temps to bounce back above freezing by 10 to 11 A.M., and our high temperature will likely push well into the 40s in much of the area.


Tonight will be the last really cold night. Expect a light freeze in Houston and points south and east (though coastal and bayfront communities may just barely get below 40 for a brief time). Another hard freeze is possible north and west of Houston, though the hours spent that will be a little less tomorrow morning than they were today. Saturday should see ample sunshine again with a few more clouds by late day and highs well into the 50s to near 60 degrees.

Sunday & Monday

It will be downright balmy on Sunday morning, with low temperatures only in the upper 30s and low 40s, approaching 50 at the coast. We will have a good deal of cloud cover on Sunday, but that won’t stop temperatures from hitting the 60s!

Soak up every bit of Sunday’s high temperature forecast. (WeatherBell)

Now, a cold front will sweep through the region on Sunday night, but this will be of the kinder, gentler variety like we’ve seen most of winter here. No organized rain is expected, and we’ll see lows mainly in the upper-30s to low-40s and highs in the low-60s behind the front for Sunday night and Monday into Monday night.

Rest of next week

One thing we can say with some confidence is that it looks fairly warm next week. There’s a good chance we’ll see a day or two in the 70s, as well as milder nighttimes. There should be another modest cold front flirting with us on Thursday and Friday, but the details around that are a bit uncertain. But we would expect some rain with that system. More on Monday!

33 thoughts on “The worst is behind Houston with one cold night left and 60s on the horizon”

  1. Thank you for being y’all! You are kind professionals who lead with science and your sense of community is a wonderful reminder to what a big impact a person can have. You have seriously changed Houston for the better.

    • Is there a way to estimate, more or less, the percentage of the mosquito “community” that perished during the Great Freeze? Hoping for a good number – the more the merrier!

      • Only problem is that mosquito eggs can actually survive freezes and female mosquitoes can go into hibernation and may survive as well. The bigger problem will be all the reptiles/animals that normally eat mosquitoes may not have survived which will bite us (pun intended) come summer…

  2. We look forward to every post you all make. Great information we can plan on. Thanks for your dedication!!

  3. Add me to the chorus of thanks to Eric, Matt, and Lee for bringing us useful information with no hype. This week has been stressful enough without the added theatrics of local TV weather.

    Next week’s forecast in the 60s and 70s will be a welcome rest from our “winter Hurricane Harvey”.

    • LOVE “winter Hurricane Harvey”…it have very much been like that, hasn’t it? My poor little 86 year old mom started showing signs of dementia after Harvey, and there is no telling what the after effects of this preventable crisis will be. Thank you, Space City Weather, for keeping us informed so that we can take care of our loved ones. Kudos for another job well done.

  4. You’re the best guys. Space City Weather has become the first place I come to when I NEED to know what the weather’s really doing and how that impacts us locally.

  5. I also appreciate your updates on power and water services. It may not be weather, but delivered with the same no-hype style. Much appreciated!

  6. You guys are amazing!! Thank you for your honest and accurate information! Thank you for being consistent:)

  7. Thank you Space City Houston for all that you guys do. Your published forecast for the masses is the first thing I read. It is so important to all of us. Thank you again.

  8. Thanks guys once again for all you do!

    Scientific question:
    My understanding is that shifting/weakening jet streams are the result of these cold snaps reaching this far south, but what’s causing the shift/weakening? If hurricanes act like heat sinks, do they take enough energy out of the system to affect jet streams? Or is there no correlation between hurricane activity and the winters that follow them?

    • The two seasons are to far removed from one another for direct causality. To much happening between. These arctic blast happen every year, usually in the Finnish-Russo-China area of the world. This year just happened to be our turn.

  9. Thank you all for your dedication to keeping us all informed without the hype. First thing I read every morning
    Space City Weather. Yay are the BEST!

  10. It’ll be the end times, and I’ll be here for “Saturday should be another extinction-level affair, with black, swirling skies and highs in the low thousands of degrees. There should be some relief by Thursday or Friday, but the details are still uncertain. More on Monday!”

  11. Remember when you guys were all like, “It’s going to be a proper winter this week with highs in the 50’s and lows in the 30’s.” Now look at us. Haha, I welcome those balmy temps. 70’s will feel like summer. Thanks for all of your hard work!

  12. Your work is invaluable to me and my family. Thank you for looking out for all of us with both weather and safety news (like ERCOT, Centerpoint, boil water advisories). You’re a treasured resource for the community – and much admired for doing all of this even while handling work, kids, power and water issues of your own!

  13. Thank you so much!….Hope you guys get some rest…..Do you have any major problems at your homes? power? water? etc.?

  14. To Eric, Matt and Lee (and others I don’t know about): Tremendous service to our community! We appreciate the straight talk on all subjects.

  15. As all others have stated you guys are invaluable to those who tune in to read what’s really going on. Whenever someone starts talking about weather, i ask their source and it it ain’t you guys… i plug my ears. Glad you guys made it through this as well AND still informing us. Thank you

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