The low pressure responsible for thunderstorms in East Texas on Thursday is on its way to produce a major winter storm in the Mid-Atlantic states. If you haven’t heard about that just check out the National media response. They seem to be enjoying themselves over the upcoming blizzard. We won’t be dealing with anything like that in the foreseeable future in Texas.
Gusty northwest winds this morning will begin to diminish this afternoon before becoming light tonight. Skies will clear from west to east this morning with all of Texas expected to be under mostly sunny to sunny skies by this afternoon. Sky conditions will be crystal clear tonight.
Cold air advection will keep high temperatures in the 40s and 50s across Northwest Texas, North Texas, Northeast Texas, East Texas, Central Texas, the Brazos Valley, and Southeast Texas this afternoon. Northwest winds will be brisk this morning but will begin to relax this afternoon. Temperatures across the Permian Basin into Southwest Texas and South Texas will be comparatively warmer with low to upper 60s. Compared to the low 80s yesterday that is still about ten degrees cooler.
With clear skies and light winds expected tonight temperatures will fall off like a rock. Freezing temperatures are probable as far south as Interstate 10 from San Antonio into the Houston metro. The Permian Basin, Concho Valley, Hill Country, Central Texas, to East Texas and points north will fall off into the 20s tonight. The typically cooler spots may fall into the lower 20s. Even in the Rio Grande Valley temperatures will fall back into the 30s tonight – pretty chilly for that far south.
Cold air advection will continue to keep temperatures cool across the eastern half of Texas on Saturday. Meanwhile a southerly flow across the western half of Texas will result in a rebound in temperatures. Highs on Saturday should peak in the 60s across the Texas Panhandle, South Plains, Concho Valley, into the Permian Basin and points south. North Texas and Northeast Texas will struggle to get out of the 40s. Dry conditions are expected this weekend.