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SUNDAY: Rain & a few rumbles lead in windy, cold changes

Scattered rain and a few thunderstorms start the day...wind chilled gusts end it
Cold front blows into the Brazos Valley Sunday afternoon, clearing rain and kicking up a strong...
Cold front blows into the Brazos Valley Sunday afternoon, clearing rain and kicking up a strong northwest wind.(KBTX)
Published: Dec. 12, 2020 at 9:19 PM CST|Updated: Dec. 13, 2020 at 9:20 AM CST
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BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) - Snow was falling from the Texas Panhandle to Oklahoma and Kansas Sunday morning. Scattered rain continues to pick up in coverage across Central and Southeast Texas. Buckle up. BIG changes are on the way...

SUNDAY MORNING UPDATE

RAIN: On cue, scattered rain is developing across the Brazos Valley Sunday morning. As the morning continues, widespread activity is expected to pick up across much of the real estate in the area. While this is not expected to be a constant rain, more of the late morning to mid-afternoon hours are expected to be wet than dry. Below is a view of what the radar could look like through 3-4pm.

The overall concern for severe weather is LOW but an isolated storm will need to be monitored for those further south and southeast. The Storm Prediction Center has placed the Central and Southern Brazos Valley under a MARGINAL (Green - 1 out of 5) Risk for strong-to-severe storms. Today’s cold front consolidates scattered rain into a more organized line as it moves south into warmer, more humid air. A brief hail concern may materialize from one of these storms if it manages to beat the odds and forms. A higher potential for all modes of severe weather falls across far Southeast Texas into Southern Louisiana.

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Isolated strong to briefly severe thunderstorms are possible as Sunday's cold front moves...
Isolated strong to briefly severe thunderstorms are possible as Sunday's cold front moves further south.(KBTX)

COLD FRONT: The next cold front to reach the Brazos Valley arrives in a short window between midday and mid-afternoon. The first effect of that front will be to scrape the day’s rain coverage from north to south.

Cold front blows into the Brazos Valley Sunday afternoon, clearing rain and kicking up a strong...
Cold front blows into the Brazos Valley Sunday afternoon, clearing rain and kicking up a strong northwest wind.(KBTX)

Temperatures by midday are expected to range from the 50s up north to the 70s down south. Once the cold front passes by, the entire area falls to the 40s and 50s by late afternoon.

Strong wind will follow in the wake of that front by a few hours. Gusty wind 30-40mph, or higher) are anticipated by the evening and into the overnight hours. Those strong gusts will make it feel like it is near freezing by 7-8pm. Wind chill values Monday morning will have the Brazos Valley dressing for the 20s, with actual temperatures in the mid-to-upper 30s.

SATURDAY EVENING UPDATE

After a sunny first half of the weekend, get ready to grab the rain gear! Changes roll in through the overnight hours Saturday as we gear up for a soggy and windy Sunday.

As moisture filters into the Brazos Valley Saturday night, patchy fog will be a possibility early Sunday morning. As our next weather maker and associated cold front trek through the state, widespread showers and a few storms look to roam the Brazos Valley Sunday. We’ll watch for a few showers to pop up pre-sunrise, but the best chance for rain and a few rumbles looks to sit in the midmorning-to-midafternoon time frame.

The front itself looks to pass through the Brazos Valley in the early afternoon. As it does so, it will begin to push the rain activity off to the east throughout the rest of the afternoon, with most of the rain looking to sit east of the area by dinner time Sunday. When all is said and done, some may be able to find 0.10″ - 0.50″ in the backyard rain gauge, with a few higher totals in localized areas.

Although severe weather is not very likely with this system, we’ll keep eyes on PinPoint Radar to see if a few stronger storms need any extra attention. If that’s the case, an isolated stronger wind gust would be the biggest thing to monitor. Speaking of the wind, make plans to secure any loose lawn items as well as the outdoor holiday decorations! After the front pushes through, a northwesterly wind will filter into the Brazos Valley, gusting upwards of 30 mph+ through Sunday night.

Wind gusts upwards of 30 mph+ are possible Sunday evening after the front pushes through.
Wind gusts upwards of 30 mph+ are possible Sunday evening after the front pushes through.(KBTX)

Cooler air then moves into the Brazos Valley, leading to a much colder start to the upcoming workweek!

Sunday's cold front will bring in cooler and drier air, making it a chilly start to the...
Sunday's cold front will bring in cooler and drier air, making it a chilly start to the upcoming workweek.(KBTX)

Keep your PinPoint Weather App handy Sunday to stay up-to-date with the latest on local showers and storms.

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