After a few soggy, overcast, and cold days across the Brazos Valley, sunshine returned on Wednesday. We'll keep those blue skies around, but add warmer temperatures into the mix heading towards the weekend.
Sunshine Returned -- Chilly Temperatures Lingered
It was a cold & cloudy start to the day, with temperatures falling to 31° at Easterwood Airport -- the official low for Bryan / College Station.
Those clouds hung tough through the morning hours...but just as we were taking down that sandwich at lunch, blue skies started to break through those overcast skies. When it was all said and done, full sunshine found its way back to the Brazos Valley for the afternoon hours.
While the sunny skies were great, those chilly temperatures hung around. Stand by...we'll keep the sun on hand, but we are about to see those temperatures take off towards spring standards over the next several days.
One More Light Freezing (...well, for now)
Not saying that this will be the last freeze of the season -- but it will be the last one for the next seven days.
Tonight, lows fall to the upper 20s to low 30s. Watch those tender plants and give the furry friends a warm spot to sleep:
Warmer Winds Take Over
The February sun is still a bit of a "weak" sun. While it will help bring temperatures up, it could also use a bit of help to get them back to comfortable levels.
That help will come in the way of a south to southwest wind. While it will only be a light breeze Thursday, it will make the difference to bring our afternoon highs into the seasonable low / mid 60s.
A weak cold front arrives on Friday. That should nudge early afternoon highs around 70° down into the mid-60s, by the end of the day. No worries...that wind turns right back in from the southeast on Saturday. A decent breeze on Sunday shoves afternoon highs back into the mid-70s.
Here's how it all breaks down:
Enjoy the thaw
Week after week we've had strong, Arctic cold fronts blow into the Brazos Valley...and week after week we've been dealing with these minor ice episodes that cause major traffic problems.
You've earned a stretch of "warmer than normal" weather, along with sunshine. Enjoy -- can't promise that it will last forever!
--Chief Meteorologist Shel Winkley