Posted: Jan 12, 2013 2:49 PM by Meteorologist Juan Acuña
Updated: Jan 12, 2013 10:51 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI - A few spotty locations saw more sunshine than others for the first half of the day before lots of clouds rolled into the Coastal Bend this afternoon ahead of a strong cold front that should sweep the area late tonight into early Sunday morning. As of this writing (early afternoon; 2:30PM) the front was making its way into the Hill Country, just north of the San Antonio area. Temperatures have already dropped into the 20s in the Panhandle of Texas as central and northern parts of the state are quickly seeing temperatures drop with gusty winds.
Tonight, there will be some showers and possibly a thunderstorm or two as the front pushes through the Coastal Bend around 1-5AM. It will move in earlier for the northern counties and later for our southern counties. Winds will pick up dramatically after calming down slightly in anticipation of the front and will gust around 20-30+mph out of the north-northwest. From midnight and beyond, temperatures will continue to fall and we should bottom out in the lower 50s by morning. Fog is going to be a concern as dense fog advisories remain in effect for the coastal waters. However, as the front sweeps in, the fog and moisture should be moved out along the frontal boundary and visibility levels should begin to rapidly improve.
Sunday, clouds overrun the area for most of South Texas and will keep the chilly temperatures filtering in behind the front from varying too much from the mid to upper 50s. Winds will eventually turn to the north-northeast and remain elevated near 15-25mph sustained with higher gusts possible. The cloudy skies will also give way to some spotty drizzle/showers over the area.
The cooler temperatures, cloudy skies, and spotty drizzle will remain in the forecast for the first and middle half of next week before it begins to improve by the end of the week and warmer temperatures come back by Friday.
Have a great weekend!
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