Big weekend for weather enthusiasts out there -- from what looks to be a historic blizzard in the Northeast to a chance for severe weather across the Southern Plains on Saturday and Sunday. Plenty to talk about...and that includes here at home as well.
New England / East Coast 12 hour Satellite and Radar:
After a cloudy, at times rainy and muggy week -- a weak cold front scooted through the Brazos Valley last night. Morning temperatures, while still 5° to 10° above average for early February, were the coolest we've had in a while. Wind chills made it feel like the low-to-mid 40s for many locations by the top of the 6am hour.
Sunshine and mild weather is in store as we wrap up the work week and head into the weekend. Highs will top off in the 60s across Milam, Robertson and Leon Counties, while much of the rest of the Brazos Valley reaches the low 70s by 3pm to 4pm. Breezy morning conditions will calm a bit, shortly after the noon hour.
Next Storm System Swings By
While most of the country's eyes will be glued to New England and the blizzard unfolding there, we'll be looking out west towards Southern California and the Desert Southwest.
A large area of low pressure -- aka unsettled weather -- will eject out across the Rockies and into the Central Plains Saturday / Sunday. As it draws closer, moisture and cloudy skies return overnight and into early Saturday morning.
Mostly cloudy skies are back in place after a day of ample sunshine. By the end of the afternoon, a few spot showers will be possible -- especially across our Western and Central counties (20%). Otherwise, with clouds, breezy winds and moisture on hand, don't expect temperatures to cool down much heading into Sunday morning.
This is where you want to keep ahead of the forecast!
Starting Sunday morning and through, roughly, noon -- showers and thunderstorms are expected across the Brazos Valley ahead of a strong cold front. Here's a look at what the radar could look like at 6am via the PinPoint Computer Forecast:
Notice that line second line of storms closer to Central and Western Texas? That should be the main rain chance that we are watching for. While wide-spread rain (albeit brief) looks like a good bet, some of those storms could grow towards the strong / severe limit. The Storm Prediction Center has gone ahead and place a Day 3 (Sunday) SLIGHT RISK for Southeast Texas to Mississippi.
While widespread severe weather is not anticipated, we don't want you to be caught off guard. Be sure to check back here for updates, along with us on-air for the latest as this system gets a bit closer. You can also keep up with the forecast at KBTX.com on Twitter (@KBTXShel or @KBTXWeather) and of course on our Facebook Pages (KBTX News, KBTX Weather).
Once The Front Passes
As of this mornings computer model data, it looks like storms should be pushing down towards the Houston area / Texas Coast by the late afternoon & evening. That will leave breezy to gusty north winds blowing through the Brazos Valley. Temperatures should begin to fall off Sunday afternoon and possibly reach the upper 50s to low 60s by the late afternoon for many in the area.
Overall, today and tomorrow will be fine to get out and enjoy the outdoors / take care of the chore list. Sunday might be a good day to chalk up to an indoor game day / lazy couch afternoon.