Good evening everyone! David’s blog earlier this evening focused on the winter weather potential across the panhandle and western Texas for Wednesday through Thursday. So, for my evening blog, let’s focus on conditions expected tonight, tomorrow and the rainfall potential across much of south, central and northern Texas!
An upper level disturbance currently coming onshore in southern California will continue to push east over the next several days bringing us an extended chance for beneficial rainfall starting early tomorrow and continuing through Thursday and into Friday before the upper level system finally shifts off to our east. During this time period, somewhat modified arctic air will continue to filter down through the state leaving much of the central and southern half of the state dealing with a chilly and dreary rain event. Winter weather issues are not expected to impact Waco, Austin, San Antonio or points south or east of there. Surface temps…although chilly each night…are expected to remain above freezing.
As you can see from the graphics above, pretty much everyone will see at least some precipitation by Friday…with highest liquid rainfall accumulation potential across central and southeastern portions of the state. Moisture values in the atmosphere are looking unusually healthy for this time of year which increases forecaster confidence that this will bring a good deal of much needed rainfall to many locations across the state.For tonight, behind today’s cold front, chilly with temps in the 30s and 40s across the panhandle and parts of west Texas. Central and south Texas will have one more night of pleasant lows in the mid 50s to low 60s before much of the colder air behind the front has a chance to filter much further south. Patchy to dense fog will also be a problem again by early tomorrow morning for coastal south Texas, so be extra cautious on the roadways tomorrow morning as you head off to work or school. Highs tomorrow…seasonably cold for the northern half of the state and much warmer as you head towards the coast. Cold air behind today’s front will be slow to filter down into south/southeast Texas, so it will be Friday before much of a change is felt. That’s our evening update for now. Stay tuned as David will have another blog up shortly with the latest details on the “snow show” and increasing accumulations for the panhandle and western Texas!