An impressive swing in temperatures across the Brazos Valley today. Morning lows dipped anywhere from the mid-40s to the low 50s as we kicked off the day under a clear sky. Sunshine and a late shift in winds to the southwest helped warm highs into the upper 70s to just about 80° by 3pm.
We'll look for one more warm, but comfortable, day before sliding temperatures down a few degrees.
A Subtle, but Important, Change
More sunshine and mild weather is in store for the Brazos Valley on Thursday -- but after a run of "unseasonably cool" days, we'll actually be a few ticks warmer than the average for late October.
Southwest winds typically means a warmer wind for the Brazos Valley. While they will be light enough to where you'll likely not even realize they are there, it is that wind component that is key in nudging temperatures up a bit by the afternoon hours. No worries, you can probably get away with leaving the air conditioner off once again -- highs top off between 80° and 83° Thursday afternoon.
A "Close" Front Turns into a Cold Front
While we are achieving the low 80s during the afternoon hours, the Panhandle and Oklahoma will find cooler highs in the 60s.
A cold front will settle up near the Red River on Thursday, being pushed south by an area of high pressure just south of the Great Lakes.
That cold front looks to briefly sag into the Brazos Valley by Friday morning. Just as quick as winds kick around to the north and east, they'll scoot in from the south by the end of business Friday. We may even see a few clouds work back into the sky late Friday as moisture starts to make a return to the area.
Rain Chance Still on the Horizon
If you were along for yesterday's weather blog, we talked about some big changes to take place in the Brazos Valley by the weekend and into next week.
As of Wednesday evening, we have one area of low pressure starting to move inland, over Southern California, from the Pacific Ocean. That weak system will get caught up in the jet stream over the weekend and bring a chance of scattered showers late Saturday / early Sunday morning.
The second system for next week is going to continue to be a big question mark -- for the time being. The given is that a significant upper-level system is going to take a nose dive out of Western Canada by the beginning of next week. Timing of this system is key, but we're still on alert for a big cold front / (what looks like) a widespread rain chance to swing through the Brazos Valley. As of now, that front may blow through on Halloween Thursday or early Friday. If you have plans to be outdoors on Thursday, stay up with the forecast...it is going to be a work in progress for the next few days.