In 2004, Houston recorded snowfall on Christmas Eve in the rarest of rare circumstances for our city, an actual white Christmas. It didn't stick, and ultimately it was just damn cold, but for a brief moment, we were living the dream, assuming your dream is a cold, snowy Christmas. For those of us who have called southeast Texas home for the majority of our lives, a green Christmas is not only expected, it's perfectly acceptable. Heading to the grocery store on Christmas Eve in flip-flops and shorts -- as I did yesterday -- is pretty freaking awesome. Also, the vast majority of the world will NOT have a white Christmas given that half the planet is actually in the middle of summer at the moment.
But our obsessive need to live inside a mythical postcard makes it tough not to at least want a little cold around the holidays. While the warmup over the weekend into Monday may have not stoked the flames of your Christmas spirit -- or your TV yule log -- Santa brought some dipping temperatures with him from the North Pole.
Tuesday morning will be muggy and mild with temperatures rising to around 70 degrees. As the morning progresses, the chances of rain increase, making it tough to ride a new bike or play with a remote-controlled car. But, never fear, little tots, things are about to change in a big way.
By lunchtime, expect the clouds to begin to clear and the temperatures to drop, steadily falling throughout the day as a strong cold front moves through the area. In fact, this is the same front that is bringing an ever-so-slight chance of a white Christmas to our friends in Dallas.
The late afternoon and evening should bring much cooler weather, so if you went to grandma's for breakfast, be sure to bring a cheesy Christmas sweater for later in the day when you leave. After sunset, temps should steadily drop and northern parts of the area may see some freezing temperatures overnight.
As the week progresses towards New Year's, expect a gradual warming trend until the next front moves through on Friday, dropping temperatures yet again. Currently, the forecast looks like an overcast and cool New Year's Eve, but we're still a ways out for that.
For now, enjoy the reminder that we live in Texas as we go from 70s to 30s on Christmas Day!