Cloudy weather Wednesday with cold rain, wind moving in Thursday

HOUSTON – Cloudy skies will hold tight through Wednesday afternoon, as a vigorous upper-atmospheric disturbance in the desert southwest gets ready to drift over Texas on Thursday, bringing colder temperatures and lots of rain!

High temperatures Wednesday afternoon will be in the mid 60s with a light east breeze at 10 miles per hour.  Atmospheric moisture will build throughout the day and we may see patchy drizzle by evening, but the best chance for rain in the Houston area will not be until after midnight.

Thursday promises to be a chilly, breezy, wet day.  Rain is likely from morning to night, with pockets of heavy rain possible, especially in the afternoon, as the upper low to our west interacts with a developing surface low pressure area in the Gulf of Mexico, just off the Texas coast.  Rainfall totals could easily exceed two inches in many places with isolated three to four inch accumulations possible.

Temperatures on Thursday will start in the mid 50s, but will slowly fade into the upper 40s by late in the day on the heels of a northeast wind near 20 miles per hour.  Dress warmly and keep your umbrellas close!

The rain will begin to taper off Thursday evening, but scattered light rain showers are possible through the first half of Friday.  Temperatures on Friday will start in the low 40s and only warm to near 48 degrees for a high.  Skies will stay cloudy.

Big improvements in the weather begin for the weekend.  Mostly sunny skies will take over for Saturday and Sunday, with high temperatures near 60 degrees on Saturday and in the mid 60s on Sunday.

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