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Thursday, December 20, 2012

The Cold Returns!

FRIDAY'S NORMAN NUMBER: 8

WOW! That was some wind that blew in today. Gusts were between 30-35 mph for a good part of the day but should die down overnight.  In the wake of the strong front that brought some rain in the wee hours of Thursday morning, it's also been colder and much, much drier. That air mass and the large area of high pressure parked over Southeast Texas will allow for several cold nights.  Tonight, we'll see the mercury plummet below freezing for many locations north of Houston for anywhere from 2-5 hours. Closer to Houston, lows could get close to freezing overnight and even as low as the upper 40s along the coast. In other parts of the state, it will be even colder:



Then, as the high drifts eastward, it will be milder over the weekend. However, it's still looking wet for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. So get a Plan B for those kids expecting a bike under the tree.

TONIGHT: Clear and cold with less wind after midnight. Lows north of I-10 below freezing for 3-5 hours. In town, lows close to freezing for 2-4 hours. Along the coast, lows in the upper 30s to low 40s. North winds diminishing to 5-10 mph.

FRIDAY: After a freezing cold start, temperatures moderate under sunny skies. Highs in the low 60s with northeast winds becoming east 5-10 mph.

SATURDAY: Cold morning, then milder by afternoon with mostly sunny skies. Highs in the mid to upper 60s with southeast winds 5-10 mph.

Gene Norman

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