Weather Weekend: Rainy and Cooler

After a very nice day Friday, the clouds will roll in for a rather gloomy and cold weekend.
After a very nice day Friday, the clouds will roll in for a rather gloomy and cold weekend. Photo by Hulk, Smash! via Flickr

We hope everyone had a lovely Christmas, albeit a warm one. With temperatures in the 70s, it certainly didn't feel like a traditional, cold holiday, but the rain stayed away, so that was nice.

For the weekend leading into the end of the year, temperatures will gradually begin to slide back into the normal territory for this time of year and it will likely be downright chilly come New Year's Eve. Unfortunately, it will also be rather rainy this weekend.

After a rather rainy start to Thursday, skies should begin to clear a bit as high temperatures edge up near 70 degrees. If you are off this week, make plans for the afternoon. It should be quite nice outside.

Friday will be the winner of the weekend with highs in the mid to upper 60s under mostly sunny skies ahead of another cold front that should move in on Saturday. Just don't get your hopes up for cool, crisp and sunny weather because that ain't happening.

Saturday and Sunday should be very similar with highs in the low to mid 50s and lows in the mid 40s. Expect a Seattle-like couple of days with periods of rain and plenty of drizzle. It will be messy and cold, particularly for the final morning of regular season Texans tailgating Sunday morning. Wear layers and bring umbrellas.

Looking ahead to New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, it appears most of the rain will subside by Monday afternoon leaving us with chilly but relatively dry conditions for your party plans. You'll definitely want a coat, but you can probably leave the rain boots at home (unless they're like super cute, girl!). And the first day of the year might be a beauty.

All of that is still a bit up in the air and we'll have a more clear forecast for you come Monday. 
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Jeff Balke is a writer, editor, photographer, tech expert and native Houstonian. He has written for a wide range of publications and co-authored the official 50th anniversary book for the Houston Rockets.
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