A very cold weekend is on the way, in the wake of a secondary push of Arctic air to the Brazos Valley Friday. Overnight lows will plunge into the 20s by Saturday morning, with wind chill values in the teens for many.
Cold Night In the Works
Have you wrapped those pipes yet? Found the pets a nice, warm spot to curl up at? Thrown a couple extra blankets on the bed?
If the answer to any of those questions is no -- there is still time to get moving on them (unless you are reading this by anytime on or after Saturday morning).
Temperatures are expected to drop into the mid / upper 20s by sunrise Saturday. Factor in a, still, breezy north wind and the "feels like" temperature is expected to run anywhere from 15° to 20°.
Warming Up on Saturday? Don't plan on it...
Overcast skies will thicken up once again across the Brazos Valley, to start the weekend.
We have another shot of cold air in the works for early next week. As the atmosphere preps for the upper level system that will kick said cold air our way, it will also help bring another chance of showers and drizzle to our backyards.
Temperatures will attempt to move from the morning 20s to low / mid 30s by the end of Saturday. That...is...it.
Should light rain start up sooner -- we'll struggle to even break freezing Saturday.
Chance of Light Rain / Light Freezing Precipitation
We'll gear up Saturday evening / overnight / Sunday morning for the potential of another round of precipitation in the Brazos Valley.
Since the profile of the atmosphere is below freezing in some of the lowest levels -- there is the potential that we could see another chance of wintry precipitation.
That said, anything that falls from the sky -- liquid or solid -- will be very light. At most, we expect a light freezing mist to fall. Elevated surfaces -- tree limbs, poles, cars -- could see a light glaze of ice by Sunday morning (should it occur).
Overall, any light freezing precipitation should lead to minimal (if any) travel issues for our Saturday night / Sunday morning.
Big Events in Store This Weekend
As I sit here writing this (in the warm PinPoint Weather Center) lots of folks are out and about this Friday evening -- including at First Friday in Downtown Bryan.
Christmas by the Creek is going on at Wolf Pen Creek Friday and Saturday night -- head out....but bring plenty to keep you warm. 'Tis the Season, right?
Heading to Temple on Saturday to catch the Consol game vs. Lake Travis? Plan on it being a bitter cold one. Temperatures are only expected to reach a high of 25° (around kick off) and drop into the low 20s by the 4th Quarter. Wind chills will run in the teens and a light freezing drizzle could occur there as well.
Running in the Scott & White BCS Marathon on Saturday? Passing out water to runners at an Aid Station? Just planning on stepping out to encourage folks as they pass?
Regardless, it'll be a cold run on Sunday. Temperature as the race start is expected to be around freezing. A slight shot at light rain / drizzle / freezing mist is possible as things get kicked off as well.
Whatever it is on the agenda this weekend, be safe...stay warm...and enjoy those around you. We'll be monitoring any inclement weather here in the PinPoint Weather Center. Have a great weekend -- see you Monday.
--Chief Meteorologist Shel Winkley