Arctic assault eases, warmer air surges into Southeast Texas

Temperatures take a quick turn with above-normal numbers expected by Thursday

By Eric Braate - Weather Executive Producer

HOUSTON - Tuesday is another COLD day in Houston.  After a hard freeze Monday night into Tuesday morning, temperatures struggle to reach the upper 40s by Tuesday afternoon.  The wind stays light out of the southeast, between 5 and 10 miles per hour, so the wind chill won't be a problem.

No freezing temperatures are expected in Southeast Texas from Tuesday night to the foreseeable future. 

The southeast wind will continue to build on Wednesday, resulting in high temperatures in the upper 50s.  Thursdays highs will be in the upper 60s.  Friday's highs will be in the low 70s.  Normal highs for early to mid January in Houston are near 62 degrees, so it will be a mild finish to the week.

It may also be a wet finish to the week.  Gulf moisture returns to the region with the onshore wind flow.  On Wednesday and Thursday there will be a 20 percent chance for scattered light showers, especially west of Houston.  Friday will be the wettest day of the week.  More widespread rain will develop over the entire area by Friday afternoon.  It will linger into Saturday morning before being swept east by a weak cold front that will dry us out for the remainder of the weekend.

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