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It is true that Houston may see a big change in the weather, with warmth going out the door and a cold rain visiting on Christmas Eve. That said, what we deal with locally will be a piece of cake compared to the misery that locations to our north and east must put up with! Much of the south central U.S., Old South and Eastern Seaboard will have an extensive bout with ice, heavy snow, or even blizzard conditions. Followed by bitter cold! Once the numerical models come in line with the exact track and apparent weather associated with this feature (the same that has bedeviled California in recent days, and easily visible on the attached GOES WEST image), I will compile a special update to the WEATHERAmerica Newsletter on this page. For now, though, let us look at some of the insanity the atmosphere will pile on locally.
I fully expect the disturbance along the West Coast to reform over the western Gulf of Mexico late on Friday night. Colder values will drop southward only gradually between now and then, and in any case the freeze line with the storm should not get below a San Angelo to Jasper arc before the low and its moisture head out on Saturday morning. Christmas Day looks quite windy and cold, but should be increasingly fair by the later afternoon. Sunday and Monday will be on the cold side but not critically so, with winds turning southerly by late Monday and knocking out the chance for more frost on your trees and garden.
Moisture will stream northward, with a few showers possible Tuesday and perhaps thunderstorms and heavier rain re-appearing in the middle of next week. The next storm in the sequence, now between Hawaii and the Aleutian Islands, likely will not target Texas with a cold front until New Year’s Day. And then only after a few days in the 70s and 80s (F) with partly sunny skies.
Happy holidays, everybody!
Thursday: Mostly cloudy, breezy, cooler. Highs 65 Huntsville to 69 Freeport
Thursday Night: Mostly cloudy, breezy with rain or drizzle likely late. Lows 52 Madisonville to 56 Brazoria
Friday, Christmas Eve: Cloudy and mild with rain and thunderstorms, mostly in late afternoon. Highs 67 Onalaska to 71 Mims
Friday Night, Christmas Eve Night: Rain and thunderstorms early. Mostly cloudy, breezy and colder after midnight. Lows 35 Trinity to 39 Lake Jackson
Saturday, Christmas Day: Clear and chilly. Highs 52 Livingston to 56 Angleton
Saturday Night, Christmas Night: Clear and cold with a frost or freeze. Lows 30 Corrigan to 34 West Columbia
Sunday: Mostly sunny and cool. Highs 56 Cleveland to 60 East Columbia
Monday: Mostly cloudy, windy and chilly with rain or drizzle late. High 57, Low 39
Tuesday: Cloudy, windy and chilly with spotty light rain or drizzle. High 54, Low 40
Wednesday: Cloudy, windy and raw with rain, heavy at times. High 58, Low 44