After nearly a week with temperatures more typical of April, some cooler air has returned to the region. This cool air won’t be sticking around for long as 80-degree readings should be back by Sunday. Unseasonably mild readings are forecast to continue through late next week. Little rain is in the forecast. A storm system arriving late next week is expected to provide a fair chance for rain, but totals are only expected to be around a quarter inch.
This Afternoon through Saturday
A Canadian cold front pushed south across the area late Thursday and Thursday night, bringing with it a shot of noticeably cooler air. The shallow front has stalled out along the coast and is forecast to remain nearly stationary into Saturday afternoon. A weak overrunning pattern has set up behind the cold front, resulting in the development of widespread clouds across all of North and South Texas. A mostly cloudy to overcast sky is expected this afternoon through Saturday night. In addition, a few sprinkles of light rain or drizzle will be possible between late Friday afternoon and Saturday morning. Totals, if any, should only amount to a few hundredths of an inch. Expect a northerly breeze with speeds of 10-15 mph Friday afternoon and Friday night. Wind speeds should decrease to 5-10 mph on Saturday.
With widespread clouds in place, temperatures are forecast to remain on the cool side through Saturday.
- Friday’s high temperature will range from the upper 40s to low 50s across the Hill Country, to the mid and upper 50s across Central Texas, to the low and mid-70s across the coastal plains.
- Near steady temperatures are forecast Friday night.
- High temperatures Saturday are forecast to be in the low and mid-60s across the Hill Country and Central Texas regions, and in the upper 70s across the coastal plains.
- Lows Sunday morning are forecast to be in the mid and upper 50s, with upper 60s expected across the coastal plains.
Sunday through Sunday Night
The cold front is predicted to move back to the north as a warm front Saturday night through Sunday morning. This will bring the return of warm and muggy conditions for Sunday and Sunday night. Partly cloudy, breezy, and much warmer weather can be expected Sunday afternoon. High temperatures are forecast to be in the low 80s. Expect southerly winds with speeds of 20-25 mph, with gusts to 35 mph Sunday afternoon.
There will be a slight chance for rain showers and a couple of isolated thunderstorms for the northern half of the region Sunday evening and Sunday night as a trough of low pressure tracks northeast across the Texas Panhandle. This chance for rain will generally be for areas along and north of U.S. Highway 290. A Pacific cold front associated with the trough is forecast to push east across our area late Sunday night into early Monday morning. A few showers may develop along the boundary, but limited moisture will keep rain amounts below a tenth of an inch.
The chance for rain will end by sunrise Monday as the cold front pushes off the middle Texas coast.
Lows Monday morning will range from the upper 40s across the Hill Country, to the mid-60s near the coast.
Monday and Monday Night
Sunny, breezy, and mild weather is forecast Monday in the wake of Sunday night’s cold front. Expect northwesterly winds at 15-25 mph, with gusts to 35 mph Monday afternoon. Wind speeds should decrease Monday night. High temperatures Monday are forecast to be in the upper 70s. Lows Tuesday morning will include the mid-40s across the Hill Country, the upper 40s across Central Texas, and the low 50s across the coastal plains.
Next Tuesday and Wednesday
A mostly sunny to partly cloudy sky is forecast both days. Breezy conditions can be expected. High temperatures both days are predicted to be in the low and mid-80s! Lows Wednesday morning are forecast to be in the 50s, while lows Thursday morning are forecast to be in the 60s.
Next Thursday and Friday
A slight chance to a chance for rain showers and scattered thunderstorms is forecast Thursday into Thursday night as the next Pacific trough of low pressure tracks across Texas out of the Desert Southwest. There’s some evidence a couple of the thunderstorms could be strong to possibly severe. As of now, rain amounts are not shaping up to be very heavy, with most totals around a quarter inch, or less. Sunny, breezy, and slightly cooler weather will follow next Friday. High temperatures Thursday are forecast to be in the upper 70s to low 80s. Lows Friday morning are forecast to be in the upper 40s to low 50s. Lows next Saturday morning are forecast to be in the mid-40s.
Sunny and cooler weather is forecast next weekend. High temperatures are forecast to be in the 60s to around 70 degrees. Lows are forecast to be mostly in the 40s to low 50s.
The next chance for rain is forecast to occur sometime around March 9th.
Don’t Miss the Jupiter and Venus Sky Show
Throughout February 2023, our sky’s 2 brightest planets – Venus and Jupiter – have been edging closer together. The Venus and Jupiter conjunction will happen on March 1-2, 2023. Wow! The two planets’ closest pairing will be shortly after sunset on Wednesday, March 1. After their conjunction, Venus will continue its reign as our bright evening “star” until August 2023. Jupiter will disappear into the sunset glare sometime in March.
Jupiter will star off next week on top. They will pass each other at conjunction on March 1st, when they’ll appear just half a degree apart! Thereafter, Venus will be the higher one.
Have a good weekend!