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Monday, December 10, 2012

COLD Blast Arrives

Bundle up! We're under a freeze warning as we'll see the first of several cold nights across Southeast Texas.  The map above shows the forecast low temperatures by Tuesday morning.  Bush should hit freezing, but many neighborhoods north of town will dip well below 32° for anywhere from 4 to 6 hours.  If we do get below 32° at the big airport, it'll be the first time since January 14 of this year. 
What should you do?  For starters, bring in the sensitive plants, which have been basking 80 degree weather the past few days.  Also this might be a night to bring in pets not used to the big drop.  Wrapping pipes?  It's probably not necessary, but I'm going to put the covers on my outdoor faucets tonight.  The air might be too dry for frost but you might want to turn off your automatic sprinklers or you could unintentionally cause ice to form on your sidewalk or street.
The cold is courtesy of an arctic blast that blew in during the pre-dawn hours today. Despite the balmy weather Sunday, there wasn't much rain here in metro Houston.  So we continue a disturbing dry trend.  The next rain chance won't be until the end of the week.  The cold, though will last for the next few nights as high pressure settles in over the region.
TONIGHT: Freeze warning. Clear skies, less wind and by morning, temperatures will fall below freezing north of I-10 for 4 to 6 hours.  Expect 1-4 hours of freezing temperatures in many Houston suburbs.  Upper 30s to low 40s along the coastal portions of Galveston and Brazoria counties.
TUESDAY: Sunny, cool and less windy. Highs in the mid 50s with light north winds 5-10 mph.
WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny, continued cool and dry. Highs in the mid to upper 50s. Northeast winds 5-10 mph becoming easterly by late afternoon.

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