Brutal Cold, Brutal Winds On the Way
Highs today across the metro area went over 70° making for an absolutely wonderful winter day.
This all changes overnight as a powerful cold front moves into north Texas later tonight. Notice the range in temperatures as you look north;at 3pm today it was 72° at DFW while it was 37° in Des Moines. When this front went through Valentine, NE today the temperature dropped 12° in 4 minutes.
Powerful winds will wipe away all vestiges of warm weekend weather. We’ll likely be around freezing by daybreak with winds gusting up to a staggering 45-mph. The National Weather Service in Fort Worth has issued a WIND ADVISORY for our area in effect Monday from 4am to Noon. Because of the dry conditions (only .33″ of rain so far this month with none in the forecast) these winds will produce a significant fire threat.
The roller coaster of temperatures continue. Today low 70’s. Tomorrow afternoon highs will only reach into the mid-30’s (the “official” high will be what ever the temperature is at midnight tonight).
The winds will be strongest in the morning hours. This is when the wind chills will lower into the teens:
Highs on Tuesday will also be in the 30’s after morning lows in the upper teens. Winter coats needed for the next couple of days!
Tuesday is set up to be a repeat of our last snow event across our southern counties last week. We won’t be getting anything more than clouds and a few spits of sleet/snow in the metro area because of the dry air. Measurable snow up to 1/2″ will fall from Temple over to Palestine.
Meanwhile Houston is going to get another Freezing Rain/Sleet/Snow event on Tuesday. The winter-mix will also fall over southern Louisiana, Alabama and the Florida Panhandle. Heavy icing is expected across large portions of South Carolina.
Winter Weather Advisories stretch all the way from Houston to Charleston across the deep south in anticipation of this winter storm.