Brrrrrrrrrr. I'll even say it again. Brrrrrrrrrrrrr.
A mighty cold day out across the Brazos Valley -- especially when you consider that we topped out at 73° on Wednesday afternoon. After a day of rain on Monday, highs only managed to climb to 52° on Tuesday as low, gray clouds hung around the area...but you tend to forget things like that with a nice, sunny and mild day in between, don't you?
Bone Chilling Wind Chills
One step outside and you know. Time to go back in and grab the heavier coat! Wind chills this morning have only allowed the "feels like" temperature to climb into the upper 20s to very low 30s. Not to mention, these brisk north winds are keeping highs from climbing very high. It is 11am as I type this and we have only managed to warm up to 41°...UNDER FULL SUNSHINE!
Heading into the afternoon, as highs struggle to make their way into the upper 40s to very low 50s, expect the wind to die down a touch -- but not enough. Wind chill values will remain in the low to mid 40s as we reach our daytime highs between 3pm and 5pm.
Pipes, Pets, Plants...and Don't Forget Yourself
Good news: winds will die down shortly after sunset. That means you don't have to worry about stiff wind chills in the morning. Bad news: with high pressure moving overhead, mostly clear skies, light winds and very dry & cold air in place will lead to temperatures falling below freezing through the night. In fact, at minimum -- we expect a good portion of the area to be below freezing for 6 to 8 hours.
Cover the open, outdoor faucets, bring in your furry friends, take proper precaution for the green (or dormant) plants and grab your favorite blanket for the bed. Be sure to check on neighbors that you know that don't have a source of heat as well.
Mild Warm-up Into the Weekend
If you can make it past tonight, we will slowly be working in more mild temperatures for the weekend. Highs on Friday will reach into the mid 50s followed by one more light freeze for most by Saturday morning. Walking outside Saturday and Sunday afternoon should provide highs topping off in the 60s once again.