Brazos Valley Burn Bans: The following counties are under a Burn Ban: Austin, Brazos, Burleson, Grimes, Houston, Lee, Leon, Madison, Milam, Robertson, San Jacinto, Trinity, Walker, Washington
A cold and cloudy day across the Brazos Valley in the wake of Sunday afternoon / evening's cold front. High to mid-level cloud cover hung tough over the area, keeping afternoon highs only in the 30s and 40s. We'll slowly warm back to normal by the start of 2014.
Clouds Hold Through Most of New Year's Eve
With low pressure sitting over Western Mexico -- and only forecast to slowly crawl east across Texas by Wednesday / Thursday -- we'll keep the overcast skies in the forecast for the final day and hours of 2013.
That said, there is a chance to find peeks of sunshine get through those mid-to-high level clouds by Tuesday afternoon.
The hope for a few peeks of sun and the return of a south to southeasterly wind by the afternoon should be enough to bring afternoon highs back up into the low / mid 50s. Even though we are looking for things to be slightly "warmer" than Monday, the Brazos Valley will still be running 8° to 10° below the average for the final day of December.
...and We're Gonna Party Like it is 2014
Stepping out for the very final hours of 2013? We'll look for a quiet and cold start to the New Year.
Plan is to try to briefly clear out the clouds as the "ball drops" here in the Brazos Valley. Temperatures are expected to be around 40°, regardless, as we end the countdown to 2014.
Enjoy...stay warm...and be safe!
2014 Starts Seasonable...but it won't Last
Remember the southerly winds we talked about moving into the area by the end of business Tuesday afternoon?
Those winds stick around and help nudge afternoon highs into the upper 50s / low 60s for the first day of 2014 (Wednesday).
Enjoy that New Year's weather -- we'll quickly look for change once we hit "New Year's Day + 1"...
Our next cold front reaches the Brazos Valley by sunrise Thursday morning.
Brisk north winds take back over and hold afternoon highs in the upper 40s to just about 50°. As of the Monday forecast, sunshine is expected to make a return to the area as drier air swells into the area. Don't let it fool you -- Thursday will be a raw day with wind chills in the 40s at best.
This will be my last forecast / blog for 2013 -- taking a few days off to enjoy watching the Ags in the Chick-fil-a Bowl as they BTHO duke and spend the New Year with family. I'll be back on Thursday and we'll talk about just how cold that next cold front is going to be.
Have a great end to the year and an even better start to 2014. Happy New Year's, Friends.
--Meteorologist Shel Winkley