A strong, unseasonable, April cold front blasted into the Brazos Valley Monday morning. After a soggy and blustery day, the area will settle in to temperatures roughly 25° below the seasonal average.
Wrapping Up a Soggy & Severe Weather
Sunday brought scattered rain and a few thunderstorms to the Brazos Valley.
One of those storms managed to spin up a brief tornado in Houston County, causing damage to parts of the town of Lovelady. Here are the details and video that were sent to News 3 as of Sunday Night.
As of Monday afternoon, the Houston / Galveston National Weather Service ruled the damage was caused by a EF1 Tornado (typically capable of winds between 86-110mph). Details that were released can be found HERE.
Monday brought showers and rumbles of thunder along a morning cold front, followed by soaking rainfall and small hail from time to time.
A few Weather Watchers checked in with rainfall totals:
Here's a look at totals from official reporting stations across the area:
Rain is Out -- Unseasonable Cold is on Deck
We're on record watch, as a clear and cold night settles into the Brazos Valley.
The area typically falls to the mid / upper 50s this time in April -- in the wake of our cold front, we'll look for the lows to slide into the frigid 30s by Sunrise Tuesday.
Record low for Bryan / College Station for April 15th? 38° set back in 1928.
Forecast low for Bryan / College Station for April 15th, 2014? Possibly as cold as 35°.
If we can dip below 38°, we'll break an 86 year old record.
Factor in a breezy north wind, and we are talking about wind chills once again. Here is the latest PinPoint Computer Model Forecast on what it may feel like across the area Tuesday morning:
Protect those New Gardens / Tender Plants Next Few Nights
A light freeze could occur across the Northern Brazos Valley Monday night into Tuesday morning.
While most of the area looks to dip into the mid / upper 30s TUESDAY and WEDNESDAY night, that will be cold enough to develop a light frost as well.
Any new growth this season will need to be covered up or brought inside.
While it is not a 100% given that frost will be an issue one or both nights -- better to be safe than sorry in a case like this.
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