We started Thursday with patchy frost and wind chills in the 20s and 30s. Skies will be partly cloudy through the afternoon with highs in the cool zone in the middle 50s. Tonight, a freeze watch is in effect for the eastern big bend where a widespread freeze will be possible. This is the type of cold that is most dangerous to plants and pets. The rest of the region will likely see a widespread frost, either way you slice it, Friday will start cold. Friday afternoon, clouds will be thickening up ahead of our next rain maker. We’re not expecting any showers during the daylight hours but highs will stay seasonable in the low 60s. Friday night through the first half of Saturday, showers and isolated thunderstorms will be ongoing. The way things look now, we’re not overly concerned about severe storms but an isolated strong storm may happen near the coast. Saturday and Sunday we’ll clear out enough to salvage a pretty decent looking weekend. The start of the new year will likely start unsettled; with the current forecast data it appears that the heaviest rain will wait until later Tuesday to fall on us. That said, a few showers will still be possible Monday night, aka New Year’s Eve. Still lots to iron out with the extended forecast, stay tuned!
Be safe and have a great Thursday!
-Meteorologist Sean Parker