Bundle up! As the last few days of 2012 tick off; the weather remains cold. The blue line in the picture above represents a cold front moving across Southeast Texas this evening. Behind it, a cold dry air mass is set to settle in tonight through Sunday. It will get close to freezing tonight, but with less wind Saturday night, a longer lasting freeze is expected.
A new cold front approaches for New Year's Eve, which means we could see some rain to ring in 2013. The first few days of the New Year see a return of this kind of winter's cold. Even with the rain we'll see on the 31st, rainfall for 2012 is expected to be below normal by about seven inches.
TONIGHT: Gradually clearing skies, windy and turning much colder. Neighborhoods north of I-10 will see 3 -6 hours of freezing temperatures. Just above freezing for Houston and surrounding suburbs; low 40s along the coast. North winds 10-15 mph.
SATURDAY'S NORMAN NUMBER: 6
SATURDAY: Cool and dry after a cold start, despite plenty of sunshine. Highs barely above 50° for most locations. North winds 10-15 mph.
SUNDAY'S NORMAN NUMBER: 5
SUNDAY: Freezing cold morning area wide, low 40s along the coast. Skies quickly become overcast, keeping the balance of the day cool. Highs in the low 50s. Northeast winds turning east 5-10 mph.