Brace yourselves: wind (& cold) is coming

Temperatures across the Crossroads

VICTORIA, Texas –  A surface trough moving through the Crossroads has made for above normal (and very near record) temperatures this afternoon. Heat indices are well into the 80s as I’m writing this, but relief is on the way. Tonight, the rain will pick up and cloud cover will continue to increase. Patchy fog will be possible in the wee hours of the morning just before the cold front begins its approach. Don’t be surprised to hear some rain this evening either, and possibly some thunderstorms as the instability is great enough for isolated ones. Lows will dip out into the mid 50s this evening, and won’t get any higher than that.

Wednesday, due to the frontal passage that will occur in the early morning hours, will be cold, windy, and wet. The high for Wednesday will be in the low 50s. During the day, due to vast amounts of vertical motion associated with this system and the rain, temperatures will cool. This is known as dynamic cooling. Winds will be howling from the north at 11-20MPH, with gusts even higher than that. So bundle up and be ready for scattered to numerous showers and some wind.  Wednesday evening, the rain will continue, and so will the high winds. Lows will dip into the low to mid 30s. Wind chill values are expected to be down into the 20s, so make sure you check on neighbors without central heat and bring outdoor pets inside for the night.

After this, the rest of the week will be pretty mild. Sunny skies build in with the high pressure, but southerly flow still gives opportunity for isolated showers. This, accompanied with a low level jet over our area, will increase instability and isolated rain chances will start our work week. The end of the week will warm into the upper 70s, once again flirting with 80 degrees, before the isolated showers cool us off a bit (back into the low to mid 70s) into the beginning of the work week.