A lot of Houstonians appreciate the cold weather when it finally comes. It's a nice change of pace from the brutally hot weather we are forced to endure during the late summer months. This past week, the muggy, warm conditions felt more like late spring than mid-autumn, but all that is over after a cold front blew in on Thursday. And it's only going to get colder.
The cold front that came through on Thursday -- at one point Thursday morning, there was nearly a 40-degree difference between temperatures in Houston and those less than 150 miles away -- is only stage one of the infusion of cold weather deep into east Texas. A reinforcing blast of cold air will push in over the weekend, but an even colder shot of Arctic air will continue the bitterly cold weather (for Houston) early next week.
The good news is it's not going to be the kind of cold weather they experience in other parts of the country. It's not like our highs will be in the single digits. But, for Houston, a high in early December that doesn't reach 40 degrees is rough. Today, it might hit 40, but don't plan on that Saturday as temperatures will hover in the 30s all day long.
The good news is that there won't be a freeze in most of the city this weekend. Areas to the north could see a mild freeze, but most of the area will remain above that mark with highs dipping into the mid 30s throughout the weekend.
By early next week, however, we should see our first hard freeze of the week with temperatures dropping into the mid to upper 20s throughout the entire area overnight Tuesday.
Bundle up, start a fire or do whatever is necessary to stay warm because, at least for us, it is going to be seriously chilly.