Monday, February 23, 2015

Rodeo Weather - Just In Time

The weather is turning, right on cue as trail riders from across east and central Texas head toward Houston for the annual Livestock Show and Rodeo. It never seems to fail that temperatures start dropping, the sky becomes overcast and there's talk of that four letter weather word: snow. Dallas-Fort Worth is practically shut down this morning from a winter storm and while that won't be the Bayou City's fate, it will get cold and some may see some ice.

The setup is classic: a pool of cold air began descending from the central plains on Sunday while an upper-air disturbance emerged from the Rockies. North Texas saw snow, but southeast Texas may see some freezing rain tonight. Here's a computer model depiction for midnight:

The good news is that the surface temperatures will hover just above freezing and the precipitation amounts are expected to be light. Nevertheless, some overpasses and bridges from Conroe northward may get a glaze of ice making travel hazardous.

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