HOUSTON -

A very strong disturbance is working its way through the western U.S. right now.  It could pose problems for us by Thursday.

On Wednesday, the bull's eye for severe weather will be well to our north, in Oklahoma.  That is where the cold front and the core of energy with this system will be.

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As the system slides east, the risk for severe weather slides east with it.  On Thursday, expect a slight risk in the Houston area, with lightning, gusty wind, and small hail being the greatest threat to us.

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While we are within the risk area, Houston is near the southern fringe.  On Thursday, the bull's eye for the most severe weather will probably be well north of us, in Arkansas and Missouri.

The cold front helping to spark storms will move through Houston Thursday night.  Expect a significant cool-down for the end of the week.  Morning lows will be in the 40s!  Afternoons, with the help of a little sunshine, should make it near or slightly above 70 as we head into the weekend.