Brazos Valley Burn Bans: The following counties are under a Burn Ban: Brazos, Burleson, Grimes, Houston, Lee, Leon, Madison, Milam, Robertson, San Jacinto, Trinity, Walker, Washington
A WIND ADVISORY has been issued for the entire Brazos Valley for Wednesday, March 12th, through 7pm. A cold front slides into the area early Wednesday morning, bringing strong, cold winds in behind it for most of the day.
Yet Another Cold Front
We've had sunshine and temperatures in the 70s to kick off the beginning of Spring Break across the Brazos Valley. Hopefully you were able to get out and enjoy this taste of spring -- we'll look for another shot of winter air to arrive in the area by breakfast, Wednesday.
Overnight a cold front blasts into the Brazos Valley. The term "blast" is warranted -- not for temperatures falling off rapidly, but for the winds that will filter in behind its arrival.
Once the front passes by, we'll look for a north wind to kick up between 20-25mph sustained, with gusts running 30mph to 40mph.
With colder air riding in on those blustery winds, we'll look for 8am temperatures to fall between the low 40s to low 50s (by sunrise). Factor in the chill of the wind and it will feel like the upper 30s to low 40s when you step out for the day.
Sunshine will be abundant across the Brazos Valley Wednesday. That said, all the sunshine in the world can't combat a wind like the one we'll have on hand. Temperatures will struggle to reach the upper 50s / low 60s by the late afternoon. Again, factor in that wind chill and it will feel like the low to mid 50s, at best.
Forecast Temperature vs. Wind Chill for Wednesday, March 12th
The strongest winds associated with this cold front are expected first thing in the morning -- wind gusts around 40mph are possible.
By the afternoon, while winds will have "calmed" down a touch -- we'll continue to find strong winds with gusts upwards of 30mph.
Theme for tomorrow -- bring anything you like in your yard closer to the house, or somewhere protected from the wind. It'll have a tendency to want to go flying southbound Wednesday.
Elevated Fire Danger
The good news, to this windy forecast, is that the fire danger will be suppressed (a bit) thanks to recent, weekend rainfall.
Keep in mind, we are in a moderate drought / dry, winter vegetation is still in place. Any small spark or flame could be carried quickly by Wednesday's strong gusts.
It is best to leave outdoor burning and grilling out of the plans Wednesday. Winds will fall between 5-10mph on Thursday, to compensate for anything needing to be taken care of on a timely basis.
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