Happy National Returns Day! As you can see from the picture above, the Woodlands Mall parking lot is full on this day after Christmas. The annual dash to area malls has begun; everyone who wasn't thrilled with what they received under the tree can get what they REALLY want. This day has become popular with my children, who as they moved into their teen years loved to head out on on Dec. 26 so they could redeem their gift cards and bargain for the best deals.
Perhaps you were looking for a warm sweater or coat. You needed it today because it was COLD. The wind-whipped chill that moved in Christmas night led to lows in the 30s and upper 20s for most of Southeast Texas. Galveston recorded their lowest morning of all of 2012 when the mercury fell to 36°. Tonight, with less wind, it could be as cold or colder, all depending on how much of the high clouds hang around.
A sneak peak at New Year's Eve shows rain - and a lot of it so perhaps you might look for a good deal on rain gear when you're shopping the next few days.
TONIGHT: High overcast and cold with less wind. Many locations north of I-10 will fall below freezing for anywhere from 3 to 6 hours. Close to freezing in Houston and mid 40s along the coast. Northeast winds 5-10 mph becoming east by morning.
THURSDAY'S NORMAN NUMBER: 6
THURSDAY: High clouds thicken through the day with a chance for light spotty rain by late afternoon continuing into the evening. Slightly warmer, but not much with highs in the mid to upper 50s. East winds becoming breezy out of the southeast 10-15 mph.
FRIDAY'S NORMAN NUMBER: 6
FRIDAY: Showers and a few thunderstorms through early afternoon, then clearing skies by late afternoon. Southerly winds early becoming northwest and gusty by afternoon 15-20 mph.