A cold, cloudy, soggy, and windy Wednesday turned into a somewhat warmer and sunny Thursday. We'll look for that perfect sunshine to fade by Friday, but temperatures will warm back up to spring-like standards.
Shaking off the Chill
South winds returned to the Brazos Valley on Thursday. A dry air mass and high pressure allowed for perfect sunshine -- although temperatures weren't able to warm as much as February standards would like.
We'll bring that warmer touch in to wrap up the week -- but it comes with a few additions to the forecast.
Cloud cover is something we'll be looking up at once again. South winds will continue to bring back moisture to the Brazos Valley, which means a bit more humidity and those passing overcast conditions.
Speaking of winds -- we'll look for them to be on the breezy / gusty side through the weekend. Expect your Friday winds to blow in from the south / southwest at 10-15mph, with gusts upwards of 25mph at times.
If you can handle the minor bumps -- you can enjoy the warmer air that is headed in our direction.
Forecast Highs for the Weekend
Spring-like Temperatures Bringing Spring-like Storms?
By late Sunday, we'll watch our next upper-level storm system swing across the Desert Southwest and east towards Texas.
Another strong cold front will knock on the door of the Brazos Valley by late Sunday afternoon / through the evening.
With a warm, moist air mass out ahead of the cooler / drier air behind the front, there should be the right ingredients to get a line of showers and isolated thunderstorms together.
While most of this activity is expected to remain as possible needed rainfall, there could be a few stronger storms involved as well. Should a strong / severe thunderstorm manage to form, the main threat would be strong, damaging winds and hail.
Below is a look at where the best potential to see rough weather will lie Sunday. The chips are stacked along I-45 and points east, if we were to see any sort of rough weather to wrap up the weekend.
Main time frame for thunderstorm activity will run between 4pm Sunday to midnight Monday. Overall chance is a 60% shot.
Cold Air Returns
Once our rain and thunderstorm chance passes -- we'll look for another shot of cold, winter air to arrive in the Brazos Valley.
Temperatures will start the day around freezing, Monday, with afternoon highs struggling to reach the mid-40s. Don't think that the wind will disappear -- if anything it will only get stronger...but from the north. Wind chills are expected in the 30s / low 40s for most of Monday.
We'll be monitoring the potential for thunderstorms ahead and during Sunday afternoon / evening. Weekend plans should go off just fine -- however, as we are winding down and getting ready for the upcoming week, we may have a bit of strong weather to deal with.
Enjoy your Friday -- we'll be back tomorrow, here at KBTX.com -- to detail the latest with this upcoming storm chance / cold front.
--Chief Meteorologist Shel Winkley