Friday, January 18, 2013

Great Houston Weekend & DC Outlook

By Gene Norman
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Making outdoor plans this weekend? You should; the weather will be nice; a bit cool in the morning, but seasonable by afternoon with plenty of sunshine. The high pressure cell that has kept us dry the past few days is slowly sliding to our east. By late Saturday and Sunday, southeast winds return, but that will just take some of the dryness out of the air and allow for a few clouds to form. Rain, however, isn't in the cards for another week.

I know some fortunate folks who are headed to the Nation's capital to see the Inauguration and they've been asking me if they'll be Popsicles like 4 years ago. It'll be cold, but not too frigid. Of course, if you're from Texas and spend several hours standing outside in 30° weather - it'll feel like the North Pole. However, it won't be the single digit wind chill that greeted the record throngs for President Obama's first swearing in ceremony back in 2009. It will be cloudy, though and breezy and by day's end, there could be a few flurries. If you're headed there or know someone who is, bring plenty of layers and travel safely.

TONIGHT: Clear and chilly. Temperatures near freezing north of I-10. In Houston, expect lows around 39° with mid 40s along the coast. Nearly calm wind.

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

SUNDAY: Cool early on wit mostly sunny skies. A few fair weather clouds develop by afternoon. Mild with highs in the upper 60s to low 70s. Southeast winds 5-10 mph.

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