HOUSTON -

With the Christmas holiday upon us, many Houstonians are beaming over bright blue skies and chilly winter temperatures.  At a time of year when we could see afternoon temperatures anywhere from 40 degrees to 80 degrees, cheating toward the cold end of the spectrum on Christmas seems appropriate.

For those with evening plans on Christmas Eve, wearing a warm coat will be a wise choice. Temperatures drop through the 40s Tuesday night under clear skies. Fortunately, the wind will be calm so there will be no wind chill.

After a clear, quiet Christmas Eve night -- which, by the way, will prove to be trouble-free for Santa as he's touring Texas -- Christmas morning will be another cold one. Temperatures will dip into the 30s overnight, but most of us will wake up to above freezing conditions.

Christmas afternoon will be slightly warmer, but less sunny.  Partly cloudy skies will prevail with high temperatures between 55 and 60 degrees across southeast Texas.

Longer term, expect temperatures to slowly creep back to normal by the weekend, when afternoon highs will be in the mid 60s. 

Our next chance for rain comes next Monday as a cold front pushes through the region.

From the weather team at KPRC Local 2, have a very safe and happy holiday!