A weekend cold front has brought the chill back the the Brazos Valley -- a chill that will stick around through the Christmas holiday. Tracking a series of weak cold fronts as we head into the final weeks of 2013.
Interesting Climate Day for Bryan / College Station
Monday morning's official low was 30° at Easterwood Airport. Too cold for you? This might add a bit of a warm feeling in the pit of your stomach...
The record low for Bryan / College Station for Monday (December 23rd) is 2°, set back in 1989.
So sure -- it's a bit on the cold side out there...but at least it is not 2° cold out there!
Clear Skies for Last Minute Christmas Shopping
If you still have some final things to scratch off that to-do list Christmas Eve, the weather should not stop you one bit.
High pressure starts to slide into the Eastern side of the United States, which will kick a south to southeasterly wind back into the area.
That said, sunshine will remain in full force as we embark on this day before Christmas. Don't let it fool you, though -- temperatures will remain on the cool side as we top off in the mid 50s across the Brazos Valley.
Over the Meadow and Through the Woods...to Grandma's House We Go
Travel plans on Christmas Eve? Again, good to go. That'll be the case for most of the country.
Colder temperatures will prevail north of Texas -- but smooth sailing looks to be the call. We'll look for possible snow falling across the Dakotas and Great Lakes. If travel plans take you there, you'll want to check ahead with your airline company.
Christmas Brings Increased Clouds
We'll wake up to a cold Christmas morning, as lows fall to at or near freezing across the area.
After a mostly sunny start to the day, increased high-to-mid level clouds will be found heading into the afternoon hours.
Earlier forecasts called for a slight shot at light rain showers by the afternoon. As of Monday evening -- looks like we'll be able to call it a cool, cloudy...but dry forecast for our holiday.
That cloud cover will be short lived -- a cold front comes in late Wednesday / early Thursday clearing skies out for the rest of the week.
Merry Christmas! Enjoy the day with family and friends. We'll be rotating time off here in the PinPoint Weather Center. I'll be back on Thursday -- we'll chat a bit about the weekend weather and a possible stronger cold front heading into the end of the year.
--Chief Meteorologist Shel Winkley