Mother Nature put us through a pretty big mood swing on Tuesday. Light rain and drizzle reports turned into rain and sleet mixing together. Heading into the lunch and early afternoon, big flakes of snow started falling across the Eastern Brazos Valley.
We talked about the slight chance of it happening in Monday's Blog -- and boy did that slight chance come true.
As a cold core low crossed over the Brazos Valley, temperatures in the upper-levels of the atmosphere quickly fell below freezing. Available moisture was able to be changed over to that mixed bag of winter precipitation.
Travel wasn't an issue, however, as ground and air temperatures were both above freezing -- leading to melting on contact.
Still impressive! Take a look at video sent to News 3, courtesy of students at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville (Walker County).
Heading for a Freeze
Now that skies have cleared out -- for the first time since Thursday -- sure, we'll get back to sunnier skies in the Brazos Valley.
But those clear skies are an important factor when it comes to our overnight temperatures...
Without a blanket of clouds to hold temperatures steady, we'll be able to cool rapidly for the next couple of nights. Our already chilly temperatures will turn even colder as we dip into the upper 20s and low 30s for a few hours both Wednesday and Thursday morning.
Wednesday Morning Forecast Lows
Come Turkey Day Morning, most of the Brazos Valley looks to fall into the upper 20s
Sunshine Returns, But Warmer Weather is Slow to Follow
Grab the sunglasses -- but you'll still need that jacket, coat, fleece, or sweater.
Temperatures will continue to be locked in the 40s on Wednesday afternoon. In fact, afternoon highs will top off where our normal LOWS should be starting the day. That is good enough for a 20° BELOW average high this Thanksgiving Eve.
Moisture will slowly start to add back into the atmosphere as high pressure works towards the Eastern United States. That will allow for temperatures to slolwy crawl their way back into the 50s for lows and 70s for highs by the beginning of next week.
If you are taking off to spend time with family -- travel safe.
--Chief Meteorologist Shel Winkley