With the Christmas holiday rapidly becoming a memory and 2014 just a week away, it's time to turn our attention to the weather forecast for the final week of 2013. In keeping with our two-month trend of cool temperatures, it looks like we'll close out the year on a colder-than-normal note.

Into the weekend we do expect a modest warm-up from the early Christmas week chill. High temperatures will creep into the mid-60s with overnight lows in the high 30s to low 40s. Those are near-normal numbers for Houston this time of year.  However, our weekend warm-up is quickly thwarted. Sunday night the latest in a series of cold fronts will swing through the city and reinforce cool air that will round out the year for us.  Highs going into New Year's Day will be in the low 50s with overnight lows dipping into the mid 30s.

In terms of rain, Sunday night's cold front will not push through with much fanfare.  Expect a modest 20 percent chance for showers between Sunday night and Monday morning. As the forecast looks now, most of us will remain dry.

Overall, 2013 will end with quiet, mostly tranquil weather. For the many Houstonians who are fortunate enough to enjoy time off from work or school during the coming week, hopefully that is good news. It certainly will be good news for those who are looking forward to getting some use out of new Christmas coats!