Cold front on the way

Author: Anthony Yanez, Meteorologist, ayanez@kprc.com
Published On: Dec 19 2012 09:42:02 AM CST   Updated On: Dec 19 2012 09:42:27 AM CST
HOUSTON -

Big changes are headed our way with a cold front that will move in overnight.  Today, we’ll have possibly record setting warmth.  I’m forecasting a high of 80 degrees. The record of 81 was set in 1978. 

We may get a light sprinkle for the early part of the day with some light rain tonight but the actual front doesn’t move through until 3 a.m. Thursday.  Winds will be gusty this afternoon -- 15 to 25 m.p.h. from the south.  If they get stronger, a wind advisory may be issued.  I wouldn’t expect much rain, possibly a .25 inch at the most. The front is moving too fast. 

When you wake up Thursday morning, expect a completely different feel outside.  Temperatures will start in the 50s and a fire weather watch is in effect for our western counties. These watches are issued when conditions are ripe for grass and forest fires spreading. Winds will be strong, around 35 mph, with relative humidity values in the teens.  Tomorrow is not the day for a "controlled burn." 

Late Thursday afternoon, temperatures will be in the 40s so bundle up and we’ll wake up to freezing temperatures Friday.

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