CORPUS CHRISTI - TEXAS — Happy Christmas Eve to all! The much advertised cold front has most certainly arrived in South Texas and it is being accompanied by lots of wind and cooler temperatures.
Winds have been gusting around 40-45MPH this morning with sustained winds around 25-35MPH. Hopefully everyone has their Christmas decorations latched down! The National Weather Service in Corpus Christi has issued a Wind Advisory for the entire Coastal Bend, minus our far inland counties, until noon. That is for those gusting winds of over 40MPH. There is also a Gale Warning for the bays and offshore waters. Boaters, mariners and fisherman are urged to use extreme caution as the bays will be rough to very rough for most of the day.
For Christmas Eve, we’ll certainly have the wind component to the first part of our day with gusts still approaching 35-40MPH. Then, by the early afternoon, the wind will begin to calm down some. We’ll have mainly sunny skies and only a high near 60.
Tonight, the winds will have lightened up almost completely. With clear skies and dry air filtering into the area, it will be a cold night in South Texas. We’ll look for 32 degrees here in Corpus Christi and temperatures hovering right in the low 30s for many locations. A light freeze is expected, so take precautions and cover sensitive vegetation and make sure outdoor pets will have some warmth.
Christmas Day looks great with mostly sunny skies and slightly milder afternoon temperatures in the middle 60s with west-southwesterly winds of 5-10 MPH.
We’ll continue to warm up through the weekend as highs bounce back into the 70s with more wind coming off the Gulf. That means humidity will be on the rise as well.
This warming trend will go right into next week. Tuesday looks to be a windy day and a few isolated showers are possible. Though, most will be shoved to our north. The next cold front will arrive Wednesday morning and that will come with isolated showers.
Have a great day!