Winds FINALLY have calmed across the Brazos Valley, after a windy, gusty Monday afternoon and night. Highest wind gusts recorded:
Scattered Clouds and Cold
Sunshine filled the Brazos Valley this Tuesday, but as we await the arrival of our next cold front, high to mid level cloudiness returns during a portion of the overnight hours. Those clouds will be the added ingredient to keep temperatures away from the freeze mark tonight:
Next Cold Front Brings the Return of Brisk Winds
A calm start is expected Wednesday morning. Sunny skies will once again light up the Brazos Valley, but changes will be in place by the afternoon hours.
The source of our next cold front is moving down the Rocky Mountains, dropping snow in the higher elevations of Colorado. That front is expected to reach the Brazos Valley by late morning / early afternoon Wednesday. Once the front passes through, expect a breezy northwest wind to kick up -- sustained at 10-20mph, alongside gusts upwards of 25-30mph at times.
Chilly Start to March
An amplified pattern in the jet stream will help to usher in even chillier air by this weekend.
The upper-level flow of the atmosphere is expected to surge into Canada across the Western US, leaving a northerly flow over the Brazos Valley. That flow, and a bowl of cold air sitting over the Northeastern United States, will bring afternoon highs into only the 50s Friday and Saturday. Lows will fall near freezing by Saturday morning for outlying areas and right at freezing, possible, for Bryan / College Station, and the surrounding area, by Sunday morning.
We'll get a warm-up back into the 70s by Monday, before our next cold front comes swinging through through the Brazos Valley late Tuesday. The one thing missing from the forecast: rain chances. That, unfortunately, looks to be non-existent in this 7 day forecast.
Meteorologist Shel Winkley