BRYAN, Tex. (KBTX) -- First of two cold fronts to reach the Brazos Valley passed through Wednesday evening. Temperatures take a small hit Thursday before a big chill blows in Friday.
Temperatures and humidity have been building through the week. The November warmth ended with a record high tying 88° Wednesday afternoon, at Easterwood Airport. That reading was good enough to put 2018's name next to 1915 in the record books for the November 7th record high.
Then the cold front sank in...
Waking to the mid-50s across the Northern Brazos Valley to the low 60s across the far southern reaches of the area. Not looking for much movement when it comes to the range of temperatures Thursday -- afternoon highs will be lucky to get to the mid-60s for much of the area. Thick cloud cover, a steady breeze out of the north / northeast, and the occasional passing shower to patch of drizzly, drippy weather (40%), will hold temperatures back.
Rain totals are expected to be low, if measurable at all. Through afternoon at or less than 0.10" is expected for most.
THURSDAY NIGHT / PRE-SUNRISE FRIDAY
Second cold front of the stack is expected to sag through the Brazos Valley. Ahead, along, and behind the front rain and a few thunderstorms are expected. Severe weather will likely not be an issue due to the front undercutting most storm development -- but heavy rain and lightning could make for a noisy night at times.
• Lowest rainfall scenario: 1/4" to 1/2"
• Highest rainfall scenario: 3/4" to 1.5"
Once this front blows through, temperatures will take a tumble to the upper 40s and low 50s by Friday morning. Winds are brisk at sunrise, between 10 and 20mph from the north / northeast.
Rain chance will fizzle and dry up for most by mid-morning. Lingering wet weather may stick around for those closer to I-10 through afternoon. Some sun may even reappear by end of day...but the damage will already be done.
Morning low 50s fight to climb just a few degrees to the mid-50s through the afternoon hours. Factor in that brisk, blustery wind at 15 to 20mph and wind chills (feels like temperatures) are could tank as low as the upper 40s to low 50s.
WEEKEND / START OF NEXT WEEK
Continued unseasonable cold weather is the theme for the Brazos Valley going forward. Lows in the low / mid 40s and highs barely climbing up between 50° and 52° are in the works. In fact, another cold front arrives Monday. That front will clear the rain chance -- that returns Veterans Day Sunday & continues Monday -- and nails down the chill in the air.
Clear skies, dry / cool air, and calm winds should allow for the first frost of the season for most, and bring the possibility of the first freeze of the season for many.