We’ve seen rain gradually diminish in coverage this morning across South-Central and Southeast Texas with the heaviest rain now out in the Gulf of Mexico. We’ll see areas of light rain continue in Southeast Texas (including Houston) into the late morning hours. We should see all the appreciable rain pushing out of Southeast Texas by 3 PM. Only light additional rain accumulations are expected this morning before the rain moves out. Our focus than shifts north for the arrival of our next cold front. I told you a week ago that Winter was far from over and indeed Mother Nature will remind us once again that just because we see warm weather does not mean the bottom can’t drop out on us.
Current data shows the cold front entering the northern Texas Panhandle around 9 AM. Once the front passes a given locations temperatures will quickly drop and likely not gain much ground this afternoon. Folks in the Panhandle will see their high temperatures this morning with falling temperatures this afternoon. Strong and cold north winds up to 40 MPH will occur behind the front. The front should reach Amarillo and Interstate 40 in the Panhandle around noon and enter the South Plains and Northwest Texas by 2 PM. By this point temperatures behind the front in the Panhandle will be in the low to mid 30s with wind chills in the teens. The cold front will continue to push south quickly today into tonight and will push through much of North Texas and the Hill Country early this evening.
Ahead of the cold front we’ll see another warm day across the Permian Basin into the Hill Country. Temperatures will be much warmer today across Central Texas southwards into the Rio Grande Valley and Southeast Texas compared to the cold, wet conditions y’all saw on Tuesday. Enjoy the warmth because temperatures will be much cooler on Thursday. Luckily this will be a one-day deal for cooler weather before another impressive warm up begins. Winter weather fans take note though that the second half of February is looking like it could be a cold one.