Lots of folks watching the clock extra close today. Start of Sweet 16 play in the NCAA Tournament has some folks ready to be out of work -- others are awaiting the start of a 3 (possibly 4) day weekend ahead!
Ahh, yes. Easter Weekend is here. Church services, chocolate bunnies, fluffy peeps, egg hunts, etc etc. We'll be on a Springtime note this weekend, but you'll want to keep an umbrella close by -- we could see a touch of rain in the coming days.
After falling anywhere between the upper 20s and low 40s on Wednesday morning, we kicked Thursday morning off 15° - 25° WARMER than the previous 24 hours.
Cloud cover has moved back into the Brazos Valley and will continue to drift by on the partly to mostly cloudy level. Moisture and southerly winds will continue to build, leading to slow warming temperatures into the weekend.
Overnight lows will push into the low 60s by Sunday along with highs in the low 80s on Easter Sunday, for most.
Showers / Isolated Storms Ahead?
It's possible. We're watching two upper-level lows that will impact the forecast this weekend.
The first low is scheduled to drop south out of Canada and swing across the northern United States. As of this morning, the latest long term forecast suggests that the cold front reach the Brazos Valley by Tuesday, leaving lows in the 40s and highs only in the upper 50s!
A second upper level low is slowly churning south in the Pacific and will spend a few days off the coast of California before moving inland. For now, that low is scheduled to move across the western and northern part of Texas as an open trough of low pressure, which would create overcast skies and light showers across the Brazos Valley.
Here's where the uncertainty lies:
Our extended, long range computer models will have a better idea of what that system in the Pacific will try to do once it moves inland and we can get some weather observations out of it. With it sitting over open water in the Pacific, there isn't a whole lot of real data to fully understand what that low is capable of.
Moral of the story: Keep an eye on the forecast -- we'll see how our computer models adjust as we get closer to the beginning of next week. Should it all stay as our current outlook, looks like we are headed for another nose-dive in temperatures soon!
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