Christmas is a week away, and many Houstonians are hoping for nice weather. It looks like we're going to get it! In the week leading up to Christmas, though, we've got a roller coaster of warm, cold, wet and dry weather to ride before Mother Nature finally settles down.
First, the forecast for Christmas. It couldn't be better for this time of year. Seasonable. Partly to mostly sunny skies. Morning lows in the mid 40s. Afternoon highs in the mid 60s. A jacket in the morning followed by your favorite snowflake, Santa Clause, or Christmas tree sweater in the afternoon.
Second, the week leading up to Christmas. We've got a few bumps in the road in the next few days. Changes begin Thursday as warm, humid, cloudy weather settles into the region thanks to a south wind off the Gulf of Mexico.
Morning Fog, especially along the coast, could be a problem for drivers Thursday through Saturday.
Drizzle on Thursday turns to scattered showers on Friday and a chance for strong thunderstorms on Saturday (especially Saturday evening) as a potent storm system swings through Texas.
Once the storm and its associated cold front push through, chilly air takes hold. We'll feel it on Sunday, as a north wind picks up and temperatures drop through the afternoon. Lows will dip into the 30s and 40s overnight Sunday night with highs in the 50s on Monday.
While the week starts chilly, a steady warm-up will bring us right back to normal temperatures by Christmas Day. That, combined with plenty of sunshine, is the definition of a terrific holiday forecast.