Monday Evening Weather Blog (11/11): Strong Cold Front & Possible First Freeze

After mild & seasonable weather kicked the week off in the Brazos Valley, a strong cold front is scheduled to blow into the area Tuesday morning. Falling afternoon temperatures and possible first freeze readings are likely.

Monday Nailed It

If you want to step back and look at a perfect November day -- Monday was that day. Afternoon highs topped off right on the seasonable normal button in Bryan / College Station. Here's a look at high readings from parts of the Brazos Valley:

Hopefully you were able to get out and enjoy this sunny & mild afternoon -- changes are quickly on the way...

First Cold Snap of the Season

A strong cold front is blowing into the Texas Panhandle, as of Monday evening. Behind that northerly wind shift is a good, cold, Canadian air mass. Temperatures only manged to climb into the single digits and teens across parts of the United States / Canada border earlier this afternoon.

That cold front is expect to kick up strong northerly winds, for the Brazos Valley, by early to mid-morning. Once winds kick up, temperatures will start to slowly fall off heading into the afternoon hours. Northern counties can expect an early high in the 50s while southern counties will likely reach the mid-60s before temperatures take a tumble.

By 5pm, we expect the air temperature to sit in the upper 40s -- across northern counties -- and low 50s -- for most of the area.

Factor in a blustery north wind at 15-25mph, with gusts upwards of 30mph -- wind chills (feels like) temperatures are expected in the 40s area-wide.

Here's an early estimate of where temperatures (top line) and "feels like" temperatures (bottom line) are expected through the day on Tuesday, in Bryan / College Station:

First Freeze Possible

The National Weather Service has issued Freeze Warnings for Milam, Robertson, and Leon Counties. Freeze Watches are in effect for Madison, Houston, and Trinity Counties.

More on what each means and what you should do to prep, can be found HERE.

Regardless of if your place is officially under an advisory or not, you'll want to gear up for a couple of cold nights across the Brazos Valley.

Be sure to take care of any exposed pipes, tender plants and vegetation, along with finding a warm spot for your furry friends to sleep.

Of course, don't forget to grab your favorite blanket as well -- it'll come in handy anytime Tuesday through Thursday morning.

Forecast temperatures by Daybreak Wednesday:

First Freeze Facts

Didn't have to do too much digging through the climate books, but here is a look at some of the more recent First Freezes to take place in Bryan / College Station:

2012 - Last Year's First Freeze
December 11th -- Low of 30° recorded at Easterwood Airport

2011 - First Freeze to Occur Earlier Than Wednesday's Possible Low
November 11th -- Low of 32° recorded at Easterwood Airport

Cool Days Ahead

A lot of focus has been placed on our overnight temperatures -- but we'll have to stay bundled up a bit on Wednesday as well.

Afternoon highs are expected to only rebound into the mid 50s. Factor in that breezy north wind slowly coming down, and a better part of the day will be spent in the (or feeling like the) 30s and 40s.

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