Widespread showers likely today, then warmer through Friday

It’s a cloudy, misty morning generally in the 50s across Houston this morning, and overall this will be a wet day. Most of the rest of the week, and the weekend, will also be gray although rain chances probably won’t be quite so high as today. If you’re wondering about seeing some sunshine, there’s a bit of hope for Thursday, but Friday is probably the day you’re looking for.

Tuesday

The combination of a warm front moving onshore, nearby low pressure, and increasing atmospheric moisture levels will lead to a day of widespread showers and perhaps a few thunderstorms. As we saw on Monday, there is a chance of seeing some small, likely pea-sized hail in the strongest thunderstorms. Most of the region will likely see 0.25 to 0.50 inches of rain as highs rise into the mid-60s under gray skies. Will it be humid? Oh yes, it will be humid.

Rodeo forecast

On Monday, we saw rain showers diminish as the gates opened at 6pm for NRG Stadium and the Houston’s rodeo. I’m not sure that will happen tonight. It does appear as though the rain will lift north and east of Houston this evening, away from the city, but it’s not clear whether that will happen by sunset, or a little bit after. We’ll therefore carry rain chances of about 40 percent going into the show, and 20 percent after.

Temperatures will be in the low 60s at 6pm, and largely unchanged later on. With dewpoints nearly the same, expect 100 percent humidity. By the way, at the end of today’s post, be sure and check out a special message from Reliant about it’s rodeo-related activities.

Wednesday

Rain chances will be lower on Wednesday, perhaps in the 20 to 30 percent range, as the atmosphere calms down a little bit. Temperatures will reach the 70s, as warmer air moves into the region from the south and southwest, and Wednesday night (mostly if not completely dry) will only fall into the 60s.

Thursday and Friday

There remains some uncertainty about whether a weak cold front pushes all the way through the region on Thursday—or not. And so the end of the week is somewhat in flux. For now, I think the front probably doesn’t make it, which would lead to a mostly cloudy day Thursday, and perhaps some clearing skies for Friday. Highs both days will probably be in the 70s, and we can’t rule out rain either day. Sorry for the lack of clarity.

Saturday, Sunday, and beyond

Saturday’s conditions are going to depend on the timing of the next stronger cold front. It could be a situation where temperatures at midnight are warmest, with a front moving through during the pre-dawn hours, or more likely a later front could allow Saturday’s daytime to be warmer. Regardless, after the front’s passage, daytime temperatures will drop into the 50s, with colder nights for next week. Sunday looks gray, and cold, with a decent chance of rain.

A significant cooldown is coming this weekend.

Just a bit of a warning: The forecast models are now starting to show the possibility of a second, reinforcing cold front a week or so from today. If that occurs, we can’t rule out a freeze around March 7 or so in parts of Houston. We’ll see if this trend continues, but I wanted to warn the gardeners.

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6 thoughts on “Widespread showers likely today, then warmer through Friday

  1. Larry

    Thanks Eric! Been trying to pour the slab for our house for over a month. A wet winter for sure.
    Every time it dries out enough to get the equipment it, another round of rain shows up. My builder is not saying maybe next week. Do we see any longer periods of dry weather coming up? Besides July/August….haha

    1. Josh W

      If it makes you feel any better, Larry, we’ve been trying to pour a slab too… since October. I think there are a lot of projects like ours, just waiting for a little more dry weather. This spring will be a great time to own a dirt pit or concrete foundation company!

    2. Eric Berger

      Hi Larry — this is typically what we get during an El Nino winter. I could foresee a scenario in which a stronger front next Tuesday/Wednesday keeps the region dry for three or four days through Saturday or so. That’s probably a best case scenario. Beyond that is really beyond the realm of forecast models. I’m sure this is insanely frustrating for you!

  2. Blackhawks Fan

    Would actually love to see a freeze on the morning of the eighth – I have a friend coming down from up North and can blame it on him.

    Rain seemed to vary widely yesterday – just enough to wash the layers of pollen of my car at work, but the rain gauge at home had 1.3″

  3. Jason

    Yesterday was much wetter and cooler than forecast. Let us hope that there aren’t any freezing temperatures. It would be quite late in March, and I have already seen wildflowers blooming and I’ve seen some screech owls going into my nest box, so really cold weather will kill everything.

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