December is starting on a "Warmer Than Normal" note across the Brazos Valley, as afternoon highs reach around 80°. Don't get too comfortable -- another strong cold front is expected to reach the area by Thursday.
Not Quite Feeling Like The Holidays
Afternoon highs, across the Brazos Valley, touched the upper 70s to low 80s Monday afternoon. Bryan / College Station topped off a 12° above normal.
Afternoon highs for this time of the year typically run in the mid-60s, with overnight lows averaging in the mid-40s.
While we are riding a warmer trend (than average) to kick things off this week, we'll look for wellbelow normal temperatures by the end of the week.
Bryan / College Station Climate Data for December
Tuesday: Did you think Monday was warm? We'll look for slightly warmer conditions as we embark on the second day of the work / school week. Afternoon highs will climb between 77° and 81° across the area. Southwest winds will remain light (5-10mph) but help nudge those highs to spring-like standards.
...And the Mercury Comes Tumbling Down...
We'll keep warmer weather around for Wednesday -- although down just a bit from Tuesday as mostly cloudy skies move back in.
Thursday...well that's where a coat looks to come in handy.
We'll start the day on a warm / mild note (60s and 70s). As cold fronts typically bring, a chance for a broken line of showers and thunderstorms will be possible as our initial wind shift pushes into the Brazos Valley.
Light showers might try to continue behind the front. The bigger story will be temperatures falling to the low / mid 40s by 5pm. Wind chills will likely have the "feels like" conditions in the 30s and 40s.
Cold / Soggy Weather Sticks Around
Latest computer data suggests that we might have a pretty interesting set up on our hands.
After our initial drop in temperatures, a secondary cold front could be in the works for Friday. That scenario will have temperatures stalling in the 40s Thursday Night / Early Friday, then falling to around freezing by Friday evening.
Rain -- some moderate to heavy -- looks likely on Friday. We'll have to watch temperatures closely as a bit of freezing rain / sleet may try to mix in by the afternoon and evening. Regardless, ground temperatures are above freezing, so travel conditions are not expected to be an issue...at this time.
Another patch of light shower activity may try to roll in Saturday afternoon / night / Sunday morning. We'll keep an eye on this activity as it begins to fall, as another small chance for a wintry mix could be present.
Stay Up to Date
Still timing and exact details to iron out with this upcoming blast of cold air. We'll be tweaking the forecast with the latest over the next coupe of days.
More coming tomorrow. Be sure to check back for the latest weather blog.
--Chief Meteorologist Shel Winkley