Posted: Nov 10, 2012 3:16 PM by Meteorologist Juan Acuña
Updated: Nov 10, 2012 6:42 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI - A complex and changing forecast is in store for South Texas as a strong cold front is now passing the four-corners region into New Mexico this afternoon and continues chugging towards the east and in our general direction. We have seen a mix of clouds and sun this afternoon with clouds being the dominant factor of the two and keeping afternoon temperatures around the mid-80s. Winds continue to howl and will not ease much overnight and into tomorrow as a south-southeast wind will remain around 10-20 miles per hour with some locations seeing gusts as high as 35. This will change late Sunday evening around the midnight time frame for Corpus Christi, a tad bit earlier for our inland locations to the west and northwest, as the strong cold front begins to enter South Texas and bring an abrupt wind shift to the north-northeast around 15-25mph. It's a pretty safe bet you will feel the front entering your neck of the woods. There will also be a chance of some strong storms forming along the frontal boundary. Though, areas to the north and east of us will have the better opportunity and may even see some severe storms as well. However, this is not to say that a few storms will not reach us.
So the forecast for tonight calls for partly cloudy skies and an overnight low in the mid to lower 70s. Winds will continue to be on the breezy side around 10-20mph.
Sunday is the big transition day. Typically, the day before a strong front is a pretty warm to hot day so I will go with the upper 80s to lower 90s for most of South Texas with the exception being along the coastline where temperatures should remain near the mid to lower 80s under partly cloudy skies.
The cold front should begin to arrive in the area late in the afternoon and it may begin to kick up a few isolated showers along the coast and near the Victoria Crossroads ahead of the actual frontal passage. It should approach the Coastal Bend sometime around 11pm-2am and as it does will ignite a few thunderstorms in our region. We'll call scattered activity for us here and the more likely and widespread rain staying just to our north. Either way, we will have to watch the potential for severe weather.
Behind the front, our long-awaited "cooler" weather should begin to unfold for us as afternoon highs dip into the 60s and 70s with overnight lows dropping into the 40s and 50s for a few days.
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