SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2013
CLOUDY, BREEZY AND COLD TODAY WITH A CHANCE OF DRIZZLE AND LIGHT RAIN
CLOUDY AND CHILLY TOMORROW WITH A SLIGHT CHANCE OF DRIZZLE AND LIGHT RAIN
Cloudy, breezy and cold today with periods of drizzle and a 40% chance of light rain. High temperatures will range from the low to mid-40's in Galveston to near 40 on the mainland. Expect northerly winds at 15-25 mph. It will be cloudy and cold tonight with a 40% chance of drizzle and light rain. Overnight lows will be in the upper-30's. Winds will be from the north at 10-15 mph. Sunday should bring cloudy skies and chilly temperatures with 30% chance of drizzle and light rain. High temperatures will be near 50. Expect northerly winds at 10-15 mph. On Monday, we can expect cloudy, breezy conditions and chilly temperatures with a 40% chance of drizzle and light rain. Expect northerly winds at 15-25 mph. High temperatures will be in the mid-50's.
Cold, Canadian air is entrenched over Texas with brisk northerly winds and cold temperatures. Clouds and a chance of drizzle and light showers as will linger through tomorrow as an upper-level trough to the west keeps southwest winds aloft over the area. This morning's weather map shows a large, cold high pressure center extending from Montana and Nebraska south into Texas. To the east, we see a major cold front pushing into the central Gulf of Mexico. The front extends northeastward from the Gulf to a low near Charlotte, North Carolina and then further northeast into the Atlantic. To the west, a stationary frontal boundary sits over New Mexico, while to the northwest, a couple of cold fronts are moving south into Oregon and into central California with lows south of San Francisco and over northern Nevada. The upper-level map reveals a broad high pressure ridge along the U.S. East Coast. In the West, we continue to find a low pressure trough dipping south over Washington and Oregon into California.. Looking ahead, cold temperatures, breezy conditions, and periods of drizzle and light showers are likely through Sunday as the cold air flows in at the low levels of the atmosphere and warm, moist air aloft continues to stream over Texas. Overall, this sets the stage for a windy, chilly, weekend, with periods of drizzle and rain alternating with just cloudy conditions. A reinforcing push of cold air on Monday should keep chilly weather around for a while longer with milder conditions appearing for the later part of this coming week.
TROPICAL OUTLOOK: The Tropical Atlantic Basin is quiet and tropical cyclone development not expected over the coming 48-hours.