Winds have been on the increase here in the Coastal Bend with gusts topping 40MPH across a good portion of the region.
This is in response to deepening low pressure upper level disturbance up in the Pacific Northwest and Gulf winds are rushing up to the northwest to meet it.
As the storm system rides down the Rockies and gets closer to the Lone Star State, the risk of some severe weather is going to be possible. The Storm Prediction Center has an Enhanced Risk of severe weather in the central and northern parts of Texas by Wednesday afternoon into early Thursday morning.
Here in the Coastal Bend as a dryline and weak cold front approach, associated with the upper-level low, that’s when we’ll see our opportunity for a few thunderstorms to move through late Wednesday evening and into early Thursday morning. For now, the Storm Prediction Center has a Marginal Risk of severe weather coming through during that time with gusty winds, heavy downpours, medium to large size hail and isolated tornadoes being the primary threats. As mentioned before, the greater risk is just north of the Coastal Bend, but it still requires us to be vigilant and prepare for the possibility of a few thunderstorms going severe.
Tonight will be mainly cloudy, windy and mild with lows only in the low 70s. Winds: SSE 15-20 MPH
Wednesday will continue with mainly cloudy skies, windy conditions, and a few stray showers. The wind will keep us from seeing widespread light to moderate showers. Highs will reach the lower 80s. Winds: SSE 15-30 MPH
Late Wednesday and into early Thursday morning is when we could see some thunderstorms and when the weak front will move through. Following frontal passage we’ll see slightly cooler and much drier air filter in and clouds will move out.
Good Friday and Saturday look very nice with highs in the middle 80s and starting in the upper 50s to low 60s.
On Easter Sunday, the winds will ramp back up to windy levels and we’ll see partly cloudy skies with humid and warm temperatures with highs in the middle 80s. Clouds will hold strong, along with wind going into early next week.