Did you notice something shining bright in the sky this Tuesday? Sunshine returned to the Brazos Valley, after a string of cloudy, soggy, and gloomy days. We'll watch clouds stream back in on Wednesday in advance of our next rain maker.
Clear Skies -- Freezing Temperatures
Hopefully the sunshine didn't fool you today. Even though blue skies made their triumphant return -- temperatures only managed to reach the low / mid 40s by late afternoon.
Once the sun dropped from the Brazos Valley sky, temperatures fell off, quickly, into the 30s this evening. By Wednesday morning, mostly clear skies will have helped overnight lows fall to the upper 20s to low 30s by sunrise.
Plus side: Winds will remain calm -- if they do manage to pick up, they'll remain less than 5mph. Wind chills will not be a factor to kick start Wednesday.
Don't Look Now -- Another Cold Front Arrives
Hot on the heels of the reinforcing shot of cold air that arrived Monday evening, we'll look for another weak front to reach the Brazos Valley on Wednesday.
Let out a sigh...
Ok...now that we let the news sink in...no worries. This front is going to leave most of its associated cold air in the Panhandle and Oklahoma. We'll continue with north winds, but this should be nothing more but a push of cool, dry air.
Highs Wednesday are expected to "warm" into the low 50s -- still higher than what we found on Tuesday.
Gearing Up for Another Rain Maker
No rest for our umbrellas as we're eye-balling another chance of soggy weather in the Brazos Valley.
An upper-level low is sitting to the southwest of Southern California this evening. Over the next couple of days, that system will crawl across the Desert Southwest towards Texas.
Wednesday brings an increase in high to mid-level moisture (clouds) from the west and southwest. Those will be the beginning of another stretch of cloudier weather / the gear up for potential rain.
By Friday afternoon, widespread showers and possibly a few thunderstorms will try to slide across the Brazos Valley -- and for that, much of Central and Eastern Texas.
This looks to be a small window for wet weather. We'll wake up to cloud cover and a few lingering showers (mainly in the Eastern Brazos Valley) Saturday morning. By afternoon, subsidence (sinking) in the atmosphere takes over and sunshine looks to return to the area.
Wham, bam...possibly some quick rain...ma'am.
Side note -- there will be no weather blog on Wednesday, December 11th. KBTX is kicking off the 18th Annual Food For Families Food Drive. If you can, please join us either at the Brazos Center in Bryan, the Mid-South Synergy Office in Navasota, or the Kimbro Center in Madsionville (where I'll be all day).
You are the biggest reason that makes the Brazos Valley such a fantastic place to call home.
--Chief Meteorologist Shel Winkley