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Cold front to bring storms, fire danger

Cold front arrives early Tuesday afternoon
Severe Outlook
Posted at 6:49 AM, Jan 24, 2023
and last updated 2023-01-24 09:13:49-05

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Good morning Coastal Bend!

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We're starting out with light rain this morning and strong winds. By this afternoon, those winds will continue to intensify and shift direction. Expect heavy rain to transition to scattered thunderstorms early this afternoon.

A cold front is approaching our area today and will arrive by the afternoon. As this cold front approaches, communities in our northern counties could experience severe thunderstorms. This means we can't rule out an isolated tornado, hail that is nickel- to quarter-sized (one inch in diameter), and strong winds in excess of 60 MPH. While the greatest likelihood for severe weather is from the Victoria Crossroads to Galveston, Areas as far south as Corpus Christi out to Orange Grove and northward still have the potential to see strong thunderstorms that could become severe.

Once the front move out to the Gulf of Mexico, strong northwest winds will be in place. These dry, intense winds could gust to 50 MPH. The dry winds, dead vegetation, and low relative humidity will increase our fire risk. Please be mindful of outdoor activities, as fires could spread quickly under these conditions. The winds will also make it difficult to drive over bridges and overpasses, break small tree limbs, and blow small objects around if not secured.

Today's weather alerts in the Coastal Bend:
Gale Warning remains in effect until midnight
Wind Advisory will be in effect from noon to 6 p.m.
Red Flag (fire weather) Warning will be in effect from noon to 8 p.m.
Fire Weather Watch will be in effect from noon to 8 p.m.

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