Sunshine was muddled by mid to high level moisture (clouds) stretched across the Brazos Valley Thursday. We'll continue with a good mix of sun and clouds as the area misses out on a chance for rain.
Thursday afternoon & evening brought on an increase in clouds across the Brazos Valley.
Those clouds will insulate temperatures overnight and only allow for lows in the upper 30s to low 40s by sunrise Friday.
While we will be waking up on the chilly side...temperatures will be close to normal for this time in late December. Normal low for December 27th: 41°.
Close -- but No Umbrella
Light rain was inching up the Texas Coast Thursday evening from the southwest to the northeast.
The recent light rain for South Texas, and cloud cover here in the Brazos Valley, is due to a trough of low pressure over Northern Mexico / West Texas.
High pressure is in control at the surface...but slowly drifting to the east. That said, it is close enough that any rain trying to move into the Brazos Valley is falling apart before it has the chance to.
By Friday morning, that area of high pressure should be just far enough east that a few showers could be found in the Southwestern / far Western reaches of the area.
Rain Slingshots around Texas
As our upper trough swings across the Lone Star State, we'll watch it scoot rain chances around the Brazos Valley and push them off to the east by the weekend.
While those early morning, light showers will be possible on Friday -- that will be the extent of our rain chances.
By Saturday, the best moisture supply and rain chances will slide through the Northern Gulf of Mexico before slipping back into the Southeastern United States.
While it looks to be a soggy weekend for places like Mississippi and Alabama, we'll stay relatively rain free here locally.
Next Big Change
Coldest temperatures of the season for Alaska were found on Thursday morning.
Image provided by the Alaska office of the National Weather Service
Two interesting things to note:
1) There is such a place as Chicken, Alaska
2) The morning temperature was 58° BELOW zero
Some of that cold air will be peeled off and sent to the Continental Untied States by the weekend.
We'll look for our next big cold front to arrive late Sunday, dropping temperatures well below normal again to wrap up 2013. Expect temperatures to start below freezing by Monday morning, with afternoon highs struggling to even reach 50°.
*No worries -- we don't anticipate this next batch of cold air to smell like fried chicken as north winds take over behind the front*