Sunshine returned to the Brazos Valley on Thursday -- a rare treat, as of late. Hopefully you were able to get out and enjoy it. We'll look for cloud cover to return Friday, ahead of our next weather change.
Mild Friday -- Cloud Cover Returns
High pressure sat over the State of Texas on Thursday -- at the surface -- while an upper-level trough of low pressure passed over the Southeastern US.
Those two features together created an area of sinking air over East Texas -- leading to sunshine.
While we got our blue skies back, they also created a breezy north to northwest wind -- keeping temperatures on the cooler side of the spring thermometer.
Heading into Friday, that area of high pressure will ultimately set up shop to the east, over Louisiana. Southerly winds will make a return, and blow through at 5-15mph.
Temperatures will be able to rebound to the mid 60s -- close to where we should be for this time in early March ("Average" high is 69°).
While temperatures will be on the increase, we'll look for high clouds to thicken up as they drift in from the west.
High clouds are the warning sign from Mother Nature that change is on the way -- and that's exactly what we are gearing up for as we head into the weekend.
Next Cold Front / Rain Chance
Saturday looks to shape up as an overcast day, with temperatures working to reach the mid / upper 60s by the afternoon.
While we are not anticipating a wash-out, you may need to dodge a few, scattered rain from time-to-time -- mainly during the afternoon hours.
We'll call for a 30% chance of a splash-n-dash shower to roll from the southwest to the northeast.
By the evening hours, our next cold front starts to knock on the door of the Brazos Valley. As that front crosses the area, we'll bring that rain chance up to a 40% shot as a line of rain looks like it could attempt to form.
Sure, you'll need to keep the umbrella around on Sunday (mainly during the morning hours) -- but jacket or coat will be the more important accessory of the day.
Temperatures will be fighting a brisk north wind through the day -- stunting daytime highs to the upper 50s / few low 60s.
We'll need to continue to monitor the forecast over the next couple of days -- nearing the arrival of our cold front.
Very likely that there will be some timing tweaks -- along with a better look at how temperatures will react as we get a better idea of just how cold the air behind this cold front is.
We'll bring you another update to the Weather page of KBTX.com by Friday evening.
--Chief Meteorologist Shel Winkley