A split weekend and a wild ride of temperatures over the next 48 hours. In advance of our next cold front, temperatures turn overly mild by Saturday afternoon. Enjoy it while you can -- another blast of winter arrives by Sunday.
While Friday was a chilly day across the Brazos Valley -- with highs only in the 50s -- it was the start to a warm up heading into the beginning of the weekend.
Southerly winds will crank up to a breezy / gusty level on Saturday. In fact, it may try to take the hat from your head when you step out the door. We'll look for those winds to blow through at 10-20mph, with gusts upwards of 25mph at times.
While the wind may be a bit of an inconvenience to your outdoor plans, they'll help bring afternoon temperatures to a comfortable level. We'll look for afternoon highs to reach the mid-60s -- running ~6° above the normal for early January.
Another Taste of Winter Slices into The Brazos Valley
By the time you are rolling out of bed and a few hours before breakfast Sunday morning, our next cold front arrives. It will likely be through the southern half of the area by 7am.
Winds turn sharply in from the north and are expected to drop temperatures into the 30s by 10am through the noon hour. Wind chills will likely run in the upper 20s to low 30s.
A bit of sunshine will try to reappear by Sunday afternoon, but it will do little in the fight against the chill. As winds remain strong from the north, sustained at 15-25mph and gusting 30-35mph at times, we'll look for the "feels like" temperature to be stuck in the 30s all day long.
Arctic Chill Sticks Around For a While
Unlike our latest batch of cold air -- this next shot will hang out for a few days.
Overnight lows are expected to drop into the teens and low 20s Monday and Tuesday night, with afternoon highs only reaching the 40s -- possibly just barely kissing 40° Monday afternoon.
Enjoy the weekend and get outside while you can! While life after the cold front won't be the worse conditions ever -- it will be unpleasant to spend a significant amount of time outdoors. Next week we'll be talking about if a decent weather maker can or cannot hold together to bring the Brazos Valley rain by the end of the week / upcoming weekend. Until then...enjoy!
--Chief Meteorologist Shel Winkley