Weather roller coaster: What to know about this week's wild forecast

By Justin Stapleton - KPRC Weekend Meteorologist

HOUSTON - Get ready for a roller coaster start to the workweek.

It will be a mild and breezy Monday morning and we'll touch the upper 70s before we crash down into the 40s by the end of the evening rush! Throw in a stiff 20 to 30 mph north wind and we're getting our first real taste of winter.


The cold front will pass through Houston mid- to late afternoon today. By the evening rush hour, though, temperatures will be tumbling, and showers with a few embedded thunderstorms will sweep through the area. The temperatures will drop 20 to 30 degrees within a couple of hours as the cold front passes, so make sure you bring a jacket for the drive home. 


A brisk north wind and lingering rain showers behind the front will make Monday evening feel very raw, feeling like the low 30s and even upper 20s.

We will wake up Tuesday to temperatures in the mid-30s in Houston. Some areas well north of Houston might even dip a degree or two below freezing. Sunshine will break out by mid-morning, but don't expect temperatures to warm up much even with the sunshine. We will struggle to make the mid-40s by afternoon.


Wednesday morning will bring the coldest weather of the season.  We are expecting a light freeze throughout southeast Texas, with the exception of the immediate coast.  Temperatures will range from the upper 20s north of Houston to between 30 and 32 degrees in the metro area and to the south. 
The cold air won't pose a danger to your pipes, but you may want to cover your delicate plants and make sure pets that normally stay outside have a warm place to get out of the cold as well. 


Temperatures will moderate through the second half of the week, but we will remain colder than normal for at least the next 10 days.

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