Monday, January 14, 2013

Hunkering Down For The COLD

By Gene Norman

We're all used to hearing "Hunker Down" when it comes to a tropical threat.  This time, that same refrain can be heard as we huddle inside trying to stay warm as the cold settles in.  So don't expect a run on bread and milk at the grocery store.  More like soup and oatmeal as the familiar pattern we've seen for the last month continues to hold sway.  A high pressure cell is keeping the air cold at the surface while upper level winds aloft bring milder air overhead.  That's keeping clouds in place and periodic disturbances in that flow are bringing periods of rain.

As the next round of rain moves in overnight, temperatures may get cold enough to allow some of the rain to mix with or change to sleet.  That's especially true in north and northwestern neighborhoods.

So when does it all change?  Looks like the pattern breaks down by Thursday and we'll get some milder air in here and finally see some sun.  Remember the sun?

TONIGHT: Cloudy and cold with gradually decreasing temperatures overnight. Periods of light rain developing by morning.  Lows fall into the mid to upper 30s with steady north winds 8-12 mph.

TUESDAY: Cloudy and cold with periods of intermittent rain in the morning becoming steady by afternoon and continuing into the evening. Some of the light may mix with sleet north of Houston, especially in the morning.  Highs barely above 40° with north winds 10-15 mph.  Wind chills in the upper 30s.

WEDNESDAY: Periods of rain through the day.  Chilly with temperatures in the upper 30s to low 40s.  Northeast wind 10-15 mph.  Wind chills in the upper 30s.

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