Monday brought the latest cold front to reach the Brazos Valley through the area. More dry, than cool, air rushed into the Brazos Valley. A cold front every couple of days will keep temperatures bouncing around through the week.
More Dry Air Than Cool
Our Monday cold front was anything but a big "blue norther" -- in fact, temperatures still managed to top out in the upper 60s by the late afternoon hours.
That said, clear skies and dry air rushed in on gusty north to northwest winds (peak gust of around 35mph recorded in Bryan / College Station).
Winds have relaxed, skies remain crystal clear, and dry air has taken over -- we'll look for those factors to make the difference in getting us to a chilly start Tuesday morning.
Expected Low Temperatures by Sunrise Tuesday Morning
Northwest Flow -- Nature's Air Conditioning
The jet stream is set up to run from the Pacific Northwest to the Southeastern United States for much of the upcoming week.
High pressure to the west, a jet stream bisecting the country, and continuous weather makers rolling out of Canada will keep the temperature game interesting around the Brazos Valley.
Bitter cold air will stay locked up and away from Texas -- but cold fronts will slide down the pipeline every couple of days.
Tuesday: Monday's cold front will have little impact, other than getting temperatures into the 30s to start the day. By the end of business, our next cold front comes rolling in. Expect highs in the pleasant upper 60s / low 70s for another day.
Wednesday: Typical January is here. Winds will be on the breezy side from the northwest. Sunshine continues to fill the sky, but afternoon highs will be a touch cooler in the low 60s.
Thursday: Back on the upswing we go. Southwest winds will turn back into the area and temperatures will respond. More sunny skies are on the horizon, along with afternoon highs on the warmer side of 60°.
Friday: Early hours of the day bring our next cold front. This one looks to have a bit more teeth than its predecessors. Afternoon highs are the coolest of the week, in the upper 50s. Watch the overnight hours -- we could be looking at a light freeze by Saturday morning.
Weekend: Cold front train comes to an end. Southerly winds return and slowly climb temperatures towards 70° by Sunday and Monday. Cloud cover returns and this warm up could have a side of light, spotty showers (20%).
Overall -- Not too Shabby
A bit of a roller coaster this week but the general theme of sunshine, chilly / cold morning, and mild afternoons will run the week.
Enjoy it -- this will be a nice stretch of January weather for the Brazos Valley!