By Gene Norman
As expected, the clouds have come streaming back this Friday afternoon and we're headed for some dramatic changes by the time Sunday arrives. I know a lot of you want to know what that means for the Houston Marathon Sunday morning. The image below depicts a cold front moving through Southeast Texas just before the runners take off. So the course may be wet, but more importantly, it will be getting colder and windier as the morning goes on. Make sure you're prepared for the changes, whether you're running or supporting someone who is.
As that front passes, it will usher in a return of winter temperatures, meaning morning lows in the 30s for several mornings next week. Daytime highs will also remain cool in the 50s, so enjoy the rather mild weather of the next few days before the changes arrive.
Now, how about our Texans? Well, Foxboro will be cloudy, cool and windy. Can't rule out a brief sprinkle, but rain won't be a big problem. Actually, sort of mild by mid-January New England standards. Kickoff temperature of 52° and as the game wears on it'll fall through the 40s.
TONIGHT: Cloudy with isolated light showers possible, mainly near the coast and south and west of town. Mild with temperatures in the low 60s. Southerly winds 5-10 mph.
NORMAN NUMBER FOR SATURDAY: 5
SATURDAY: Mostly cloudy with occasional light showers early. Rain picks up toward the evening. Temperatures mild in the mid to upper 70s. Winds southerly 10-15 mph.
NORMAN NUMBER FOR SUNDAY: 3
SUNDAY: Pre-dawn showers followed by a dramatic shift in wind and much colder air. Remaining mostly cloudy with temperatures falling from the upper 50s in the morning to the 40s. Gusty northwest winds 10-20 mph give a wind chill in the upper 30s.
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