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Even with a weak cold front working into the Brazos Valley, spring-like weather continues to be the theme for most of this upcoming week.
Cooler Morning Ahead...But Still Warmer Than Normal
We woke up to a very mild Monday morning, as temperatures only managed to dive into the 60s. In fact, we started the day with temperatures more suited for the afternoon hours at this time of the year.
Thanks to a weak cold front sliding into the Brazos Valley Monday afternoon / evening, drier air will briefly seep through the area.
With that drier air in place -- dew point temperatures expected to fall to the low / mid 50s -- we should be able to bring temperatures down by roughly 10° Tuesday morning (compared to Monday's start). That said, we will still be running about 10° above the average for this time of the year.
Regardless, a few of us may need a light jacket to get out the door first thing in the morning:
Forecast low temperatures for Tuesday, February 18th
Spring-Like Weather Lingers
A nice change of pace from January and the beginning of the month. Temperatures are running a good 10° or so above the average for this time of the year (when it comes to daytime highs).
Hopefully you are enjoying this break from winter -- it looks like it has plans to stick around for a while longer.
By early Tuesday, our "cold" front that sailed into the area will get shoved northward as a warm front. The warm & more humid air that we've been feeling lately is the general rule for the next couple of days.
With the good, comes the familiar. While it is warmer air blowing into the Brazos Valley, it is also a more moist air mass than we've had these past couple of months.
We'll look for overcast skies, light patches of morning fog, breezy south winds, and increased humidity to be waiting as we step out the door through Thursday.
Will February Weather Return?
By Thursday, we'll find a decent cold front push into the Brazos Valley -- and temperatures / humidity levels will be back to February standards by Friday.
If you are asking if the the bitter cold air is going to return -- none of that is on our radar....yet. There are signs that we may have a cold front with "teeth" make it to the Brazos Valley in about two weeks time. Something to watch -- but nothing to take to heart just yet.
Enjoy this "winter thaw" -- and all the spring-like feelings that come along with it.
--Chief Meteorologist Shel Winkley