Coldest Weather Yet On Tap this Weekend For Many Parts of the Country

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There’s a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving, including the weather, as it’s shaping up to be pretty nice across a good portion of the country. After some much needed rain fell here in Texas yesterday, it looks like we’re going to dry out the next day or two before an even stronger cold front moves through this weekend. This will bring some big changes to the area by Sunday with well-below average temperatures and gusty winds expected.

Beautiful weather’s expected this Thanksgiving with highs in the 70’s. Image: NWS Houston/Galveston

 Saturday/Sunday: Moderate to heavy snow (indicated in white) will be possible across the Upper Midwest with 2-4 inches likely. Heavy rain (green) is expected along and in advance of the front with 1-3 inches possible across this area and isolated heavier amounts up to 5 inches not completely out of the question. Isolated severe storms (red) will be possible along Gulf Coast. Elsewhere, fairly quiet conditions are expected across the western half of the country. Image: ImpactWeather StormWatch

Highs on Thanksgiving Day will warm up into the mid 70’s with mostly sunny skies becoming partly cloudy during the afternoon. Clouds will continue to increase Thursday night into Friday as moisture increases across the area in advance of our next storm system. Slight rain chances enter the forecast Friday afternoon and increase overnight. An upper-level low will move across Oklahoma on Saturday, which will drive a cold front southward across Texas.

A strong cold front will move through Southeast Texas on Saturday with heavy rain likely. Image: NWS Houston/Galveston

The actual front should arrive around noon Saturday here in Southeast Texas with scattered showers and thunderstorms expected along and in advance of this system. With plenty of moisture and instability across the area, isolated strong to severe storms will be possible along with heavy rain. The heaviest rain is likely between 9am and 1pm with rainfall accumulations between 0.5-1.5 inches possible. If it all pans out, this will be some very beneficial rain for us here in drought-stricken Texas.

Here’s a look at the Hydrometeorological Prediction Center’s 48-hour precipitation map from Friday, November 25 through Sunday, November 27. Image: HPC

Not only will the front bring much needed rain, but it will bring the coldest air so far of the season southward. Strong northwesterly winds are expected behind the front between 25-35 mph with higher gusts Saturday afternoon and evening. Colder air will also move into the region behind the front and with strong northerly winds expected into Sunday, afternoon highs on Sunday may only reach the low to mid 50’s across the area. Temperatures by Monday morning will fall into the 30’s for lows with highs early next week in the low to mid 60’s.

Personally, I’m ready for some cooler weather and I’m ready for it to stay cool. This past weekend we had highs in the low 80’s and this coming weekend we’re expected highs in the 50’s by Sunday. Talk about big changes on the way! I guess it’s about time to pull my winter coat out of the closet. At least I can maybe use it for a day or two.

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