Author: David Reimer

Rapid Warm Up to Above-Average Temperatures by Sunday

Patchy upper level clouds helped keep temperatures a tad warmer overnight than what we might have seen otherwise. Regardless it was still a chilly night with the freezing line making it south into the Hill Country east into the Brazos Valley and East Texas. Where clouds have rolled in we’ve seen temperatures warm a few degrees this morning. Temperatures will struggle to make much headway against the cold air today, but we will see warmer readings compared to Thursday. Highs will range from the upper 30s in Northwest Texas into the 40s across the rest of Texas. We’ll see a lower 50 degree reading or two in the western Texas Panhandle as southerly winds begin to pick up this afternoon. It’ll be a cold day with wind chill values a couple degrees below the actual air temperature. Saturday morning will be chilly once again with temperatures falling into the 20s and 30s across much of Texas. The Rio Grande Valley will be an exception with mid 40s expected. As we like to emphasise during colder weather please make sure you have your outdoor sprinklers deactivated and bring your pets indoors! A rapid warm up will commence this weekend as warm air advection, in the form of southerly winds, helps bring temperatures back to and above average for December. Saturday’s high temperatures will range from the upper 40s to the...

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Hard Freeze Tonight with Coldest Night in Two Years (For Some)

It has been a cold, dreary day across much of Texas with temperatures struggling to climb much from this morning’s low temperature. For most temperatures have stayed in the 20s and 30s with wind chill values in the 10s and 20s. The southern third of Texas has climbed into the 40s with wind chills in the 30s. Overall it has been a cold day with a nasty north wind. We should see the northerly winds start to slowly come down through the evening, although any wind remaining will only make it feel colder than the air temperature. Low temperatures tonight will fall to or below freezing as far south as Del Rio to San Antonio to the northern side of Houston. Temperatures won’t be dramatically warmer south of that line, but most of South Texas, the immediate coast, middle coast, into the Rio Grande Valley should stay a couple degrees above freezing tonight. It’ll be cold, but an important distinction for farmers and plant-growers. A hard freeze is expected tonight with several hours below freezing and lows in the 10s to lower 20s in the Texas Panhandle, West Texas, Northwest Texas, the Permian Basin, the Borderland, the Concho Valley, Big Country, Hill Country, North Texas, and Northeast Texas. 20s are expected in much of Central and East Texas with several hours below freezing as well. Any outdoor water source...

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Arctic Cold Front Has Arrived; Rapid Warming by the Weekend

The arctic cold front has certainly arrived with temperatures below freezing into the Permian Basin, Concho Valley, and North Texas this morning. That isn’t actually unusual at all for December, but temperatures will be hardpressed to climb more than ten degrees today with strong cold air advection (north winds) continuing. Our primary focus for this morning is a low-end winter weather event ongoing in the Permian Basin, Concho Valley, and Big Country. An area of light snow has developed and is moving east across those three regions. Warm ground temperatures will keep surface roads just wet, but slick bridges are certainly possible through the early afternoon hours. Precipitation should be ending by lunchtime, but most of those locations will not get above freezing until tomorrow. Jenny has a blog published with more detail on this morning’s snow here. We are not going to see much of a diurnal trend in temperatures today as strong cold air advection continues behind the arctic front. High temperatures will probably not get above freezing until Friday in the Texas Panhandle, West Texas, Big Country, and the Permian Basin. Highs will not get out of the 30s in the Hill Country, Concho Valley, North Texas, Northeast Texas, and Central Texas. North winds will make the wind chill values remain in the 10s and 20s. South Texas, the Coastal Bend, and Southeast Texas will be...

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Arctic Cold Front Arrives Tonight; Light Winter Mix Possible for Some

The southern half of Texas will enjoy high temperatures in the 60s and 70s today, but it’ll be pretty gloomy with a chance of showers. Still, enjoy the warmth because that’ll be changing tonight into Thursday. I will say that our upcoming arctic blast will taper off by Saturday with temperatures starting to moderate quickly. Arctic blast number two arrives around Wednesday of next week and will probably bring another batch of very cold air. Winds will generally be out of the north across Texas by early this evening, but the actual cold front and associated air mass will be near the Red River extending into West-Central Texas. Temperatures north of the front will be falling into the 20s and 30s. By dinner-time temperatures in the Panhandle will be in the 20s with wind chills much colder than that. By midnight the front the front will be moving into the Permian Basin, the Concho Valley, and North Texas. The front will continue moving south during the morning hours Thursday. Conditions behind the front will be cold with gusty north winds and chilly wind chills. Thursday morning’s low temperature forecast generally reflects the position of the cold front quite well. Lows in the Panhandle will drop off into the single digits and teens with 20s as far south as the Permian Basin, Big Country, North Texas, and Northeast Texas. Showers...

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Arctic Cold Front Arrives Wednesday Night; Frigid on Thursday with North Winds

A fairly cold day is expected along and north of Interstate 20 as a slow-moving cool front brings gusty north winds and high temperatures in the 40s. Strong cold air advection, in the form of those gusty north winds, will make it difficult for temperatures to climb much today. Drizzle will remain possible through the day. Wind chill readings will be about ten degrees below the actual air temperatures. Dense fog should burn off by noon. Southeast Texas, South Texas, and the Borderland will stay on the south side of the front with high temperatures in the 60s to around 70. Deep South Texas and the Rio Grande Valley will make it into the lower 80s this afternoon. With McAllen forecast to hit 84° and Dumas at 38° this afternoon you can literally pick your season. I do enjoy playing that game! Low temperatures tonight will be near or above average for early December. A much stronger, arctic cold front will quickly push south into Texas during the second-half of Wednesday into Thursday. High temperatures will remain in the 30s in the Texas Panhandle tomorrow, 50s to low 60s along Interstate 20, and 60s in the Big Country, Concho Valley, Hill Country, and Southeast Texas. Once again we’ll see 70s in the Middle Coast into Deep South Texas and the Rio Grande Valley. Depending on your location and the...

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