HOUSTON – Clouds will hold firm overnight Wednesday night with rain migrating into the Houston area from the west. The rain moves in ahead of a broad upper-atmospheric disturbance that is dealing the Texas Panhandle a winter wallop into Thursday. No wintry precipitation will fall in Houston, but chilly rain will give us a healthy soaking all day Thursday. Be sure to wear a warm, water-resistant jacket and keep your umbrella with you all day long!
Because some pockets of rain will be heavy on Thursday, ponding and minor flooding on roads is likely. Take extra caution all the way from your morning drive to your drive home in the evening.
Rainfall totals between 2 and 3 inches will be common. Isolated totals over 4 inches are possible where the rain is heaviest.
Temperatures on Thursday will be well below normal. We will start the day in the mid-50s, but temperatures will slowly fade into the upper 40s by late in the day. The wind will kick up during the day, too. By afternoon, we'll have a northeast wind near 20 miles per hour with higher gusts, making the day feel quite raw.
The rain will begin to taper off Thursday evening, but there will still be a 20 percent chance for scattered showers Friday morning. Under cloudy skies and breezy conditions, temperatures on Friday will start in the low 40s and only warm to near 48 degrees for a high, making Friday the coldest day of the week for Houstonians.
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.