Weather pattern remains unsettled, another arctic blast on the way

Posted at 4:30 PM, Mar 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-01 18:37:12-05

The weather pattern across the Lone Star State has been anything but clean and straight-forward.  We have boundaries draped all over with minor disturbances swinging through from west to east and low level moisture streaming in from the Gulf in the lower levels of the atmosphere and from the southwest in the upper atmosphere.  This afternoon parts of West Texas were pushing the middle 80s; Northeast Texas was in the low 40s and in South Texas we were in the 60s and 70s.  A dose of all seasons in one day!

The frontal boundary that came through on Thursday will retreat back to the north tonight and usher in more moisture and slightly milder air.  The clouds in place will help keep the cooler air trapped in as much as possible.  Light mist, drizzle and fog will again be in full force reducing visibility.  Use caution on the roads.  We’ll see temperatures fall into the low 60s tonight with east-southeasterly winds around 5-10 MPH.

Saturday, as mentioned before, we’ll see the warm front go by to the north and we’ll try to exchange the 60s for the 70s, but cloud coverage will make it tough to accomplish.  For now, we’ll go with a high in the low 70s with much warmer temperatures far out west in Laredo and down in the Rio Grande Valley.  Winds: SE 10-20 MPH.

Sunday will be a transitional day.  Lots going on because an arctic front will push into the state early Sunday morning.  Prior to its arrival here in the Coastal Bend, temperatures will warm in a big way.  Highs will push the upper 70s to low 80s by midday.  This is all dependent on the timing of the front.  Forecast models bring the boundary in about sundown. If this holds, highs will be warm.  If the front speeds up and comes in earlier, then the highs will hold tight in the low 70s.  Either scenario, once the boundary moves in, temperatures will drop into the 50s and 40s rapidly.  Winds will be strong out of the north around 15-25MPH and wind chills will fall into the 30s.

Overrunning will occur early next week.  This means clouds, drizzle, mist and overall a messy start on Monday.  Couple that with highs struggling to get passed the middle 40s.  This will hold through at least Tuesday with highs in the lower 50s.  On Wednesday and Thursday we’ll start to see the temperatures warm back up in to the 60s and 70s, but the clouds will continue to hold strong.

Have those coats nearby for Sunday evening!


Tonight: Cloudy with fog/mist and cool conditions…High: 61 Winds: ESE 5-10 MPH

Saturday: Warmer, increasing humidity and cloudy…High: 71 Winds: SSE 10-20 MPH

Sunday: Arctic front late in the PM, warm first part of day, then temps fall rapidly… High: 79 Winds: SSW 5-10 to NNE 15-25MPH & G

Monday: Cloudy, cold and damp, wind chill: 30s…High: 46 Winds: N 15-25 MPH

Tuesday: Still cloudy cold and damp …High: 51 Winds: NNE 10-20 MPH

Wednesday: Mainly cloudy and milder…High: 59 Winds: ENE 10-15 MPH

Thursday: Getting warmer, more humid, remaining cloudy…High: 73 Winds: SSE 10-20 MPH

Next blast of cold air arrives late this weekend.
Next blast of cold air arrives late this weekend.