Changing weather as we head into the weekend. The Brazos Valley's next upper-level system / cold front will bring back chilly air and a widespread rain chance to the area Saturday and Sunday.
Getting Outdoors? Do it Early Saturday
Friday may have been cloudy -- but it was pleasant to walk out to the warmest temperatures of the week. Afternoon highs topped off in the mid-60s across much of the Brazos Valley.
Saturday brings mild temperatures...for most of the day (remember that "most" for later...). We'll look for temperatures to start off seasonable -- upper 40s / low 50s -- at daybreak, followed by daytime highs around the mid-60s.
Overcast skies will be the general theme, with just a few peaks of sunshine in the morning. To counteract that -- we could see a few "splash-n-dash" showers through the morning hours as well.
Regardless -- need to work in the yard? Take care of some things around the house? Run errands? Give the pup a good walk around the neighborhood? Whatever it is, get it done as early as possible. Our rain chance will be increasing the closer we draw to the evening hours.
First Weekend Change: Rain
As we just mentioned, while there is a chance for a few spotty showers, Saturday morning, they shouldn't be anything to hold you back from early plans.
As our next cold front approaches by the end of the afternoon / early evening, we'll look for our rain chance to increase to a 50% shot.
A rumble of thunder cannot be ruled out -- however, we are NOT anticipating any severe weather to move through the Brazos Valley.
Once our cold front passes through the area, widespread rain will be possible through the evening hours and into the overnight / early hours of Sunday morning.
Friday Afternoon PinPoint Computer Model for Possible Rainfall Saturday / Sunday
It looks like most of the rain by Sunday morning (if it is still ongoing) will be concentrated to the Southern Brazos Valley.
That said, through the day, we'll look for the chance of passing showers from the southwest to the northeast.
While the general idea is for most of this rain to be steady & light -- there could be a few embedded areas of heavy downpours. We'll look for the possibility of a widespread 0.50" of rainfall by Sunday evening, with some locations possibly picking up 1.0"+.
**The image below should be taken with a grain of salt**
The late evening run of the PinPoint Computer Forecast Model was attempting to bulls-eye two to 3 inches of rain in the Brazos Valley, Saturday night -- including over Bryan / College Station.
We are not anticipating 3 inches of rain -- what it does show us, is that localized higher amounts (those 1.0"+ areas) could be possible.
Second Change: Chilly Temperatures
I heard that groan....I know, I know...we were just starting to warm up.
We'll look for a short-lived chill with this cold front.
Saturday brings mid-60s before the front blows in.
Saturday evening brings breezy, soggy mid-50s.
Sunday morning brings upper 30s / low 40s.
Sunday afternoon brings breezy north/northwest winds and highs in struggling to reach the mid-50s.
Monday...sunshine peers out of mostly cloudy skies, afternoon highs attempt to rebound into the low 70s.
Keep the umbrellas and jackets on hand -- this doesn't look like the most convenient weekend to get outdoors and enjoy.
Don't forget you can keep up with any developing or already falling rain by checking the Interactive PinPoint Radar.
-- Chief Meteorologist Shel Winkely