A dreary day continues across the eastern two-thirds of Texas. Skies remain cloudy except for those in the Borderland east into the Trans-Pecos. We’ve seen patchy drizzle (spittin’) to light showers today. Rainfall amounts have been very light and mainly just enough to make the pavement wet. Tonight has the potential to be a bit interesting across western North Texas, Northwest Texas, into the Big Country, Concho Valley, and Permian Basin.
Temperatures will fall below freezing if they haven’t done so already in the aforementioned regions. Single-digit temperatures are expected in the Panhandle tonight – that is pipe-bursting weather. Ongoing drizzle in those areas looks to continue tonight. As temperatures fall below freezing that precipitation will switch over to freezing drizzle. Across the Texas Panhandle and West Texas, we could see a few light snow showers. Little in the way of snow accumulations are expected. A light coating of ice is possible on elevated objects – including bridges – in Northwest Texas, western North Texas (west of D/FW), into the Big Country, and Permian Basin. Accumulations will be very light, but it only takes a glaze of ice to turn bridges into skating rinks. Some travel difficulties may arise tonight in those locations. Where temperatures remain above freezing across East Texas and Southeast Texas – it’ll be a dreary night as drizzle continues. However, no ice is expected as temperatures will remain above the freezing mark.
Tomorrow will be cold across the northwestern two-thirds of Texas. High temperatures on Wednesday will not get above freezing in the eastern Texas Panhandle, Northwest Texas, back west into parts of West Texas. High temperatures will top out in the 30s to right around 40 degrees across Texoma, North Texas, Northeast Texas, the Big Country, Concho Valley, Hill Country, and Central Texas. Wind chills will make it feel even cooler. Those in Southeast Texas, the Coastal Plains, Middle Texas Coast, into South Texas, and way out west in the Borderland will top out in the 40s to 50s. The Rio Grande Valley will at least make it up to around 60 degrees – so warm weather fans should head down to Padre.
Below-average temperatures are likely to continue into the first week of 2018. New Years Day (and the time-period around it) will either be cold or brutally cold. At this time confidence remains low on which solution looks to verify, but it’ll be cold one way or another. We could see some light precipitation chances later this week, but we’ll deal with those as we get closer and temperature profiles become more apparent.