Weather Week: Freeze Avoided, But Still Cold

Old Man Winter isn't someone who visits Houston with regularity, certainly not over the last couple of years. But this year it appears he has decided to come and stay awhile. While we haven't had a freeze in the metro area over the past week, we did shatter our maximum high temperature record on Saturday when it didn't make it out of the 30s. Sunday's 40s felt downright balmy compared to the drizzly dreariness of Saturday.

The sun finally popped its head back out this morning, which means we will start to see a gradual warming trend, but the clearing also means cold temps tonight into the mid 30s. Originally, forecasters had thought a second blast of Arctic air would reinforce the cold we were already feeling and give us our first hard freeze of the season, but we avoided that, fortunately.

We should be clear today and tomorrow with lows in the 30s and highs creeping into the mid and upper 50s. Another front approaches on Thursday and increases our chance of rain, particularly on Friday with forecasts calling for a 60 percent chance leading into the weekend. Skies should clear by Saturday and the front will bring with it continued cold, with lows dropping close to freezing.

If you are looking for a long, LONG-range forecast for Christmas, right now forecasts are calling for a chance of rain with highs in the low 50s and lows in the mid 30s. It doesn't appear a white Christmas is in our future, but what else is new?

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