Northwest Houston, TX, during the early morning.
Houston, TX radar, during the early night.
Summary: The day was warm, sunny, and mostly dry. A cluster of light to moderate showers looked to have passed through the Houston, TX area, during the evening and early and maybe late night. I think I felt a few rain drops, while I was at work in northwest Houston, TX, during the late evening. I don't think I felt, saw, or heard anymore drops of precip after that. Alto stratus with maybe some stratus clouds, looked to be scattered across the sky, during the morning and afternoon. I think stratus clouds looked to cover the whole, or maybe most of the sky, during the evening and night. The wind speeds looked to be calm with maybe some gentle to moderate gusts and moderately strong gusts. I think it felt very cool, maybe cold, during the early morning. I think it felt cool, during the mid-morning. It started to feel warm, sometime during the early afternoon, or maybe late morning. It felt warm, during the mid and late afternoon. It started to feel cool, during the early evening. It felt cool, during the late evening and early night. It started to feel very cool, becoming cold, during the late night. There was a Hazardous Weather Outlook and a Winter Storm Warning issued for the Houston, TX area, by NOAA. There were no other watches, warnings, alerts, advisories, or weather statements/outlooks issued for the Houston, TX area, that I know of. The low temperatures looked to be in the low 40's ,maybe high 30's, I think, and the high temperatures looked to be in the mid 60's with maybe some high 60's, for the Houston, TX area.
Houston, TX Storm Summary: A cluster of light to moderate showers looked to have passed through the Houston, TX area, during the early and maybe late night. I didn't see, or hear about any flooding, or damage caused by the weather, to any of the locations in the Houston, TX area, during anytime of the day.
My Storm Summary: I think I felt a few rain drops, while I was at work in northwest Houston, TX, during the late evening. I don't think I felt, saw, or heard anymore drops of precip after that. I think the roads and ground stayed dry, where I was, during the day. Even during the evening and night, where there looked to be some rain in some locations in the Houston, TX area. I didn't see any lightning strikes, or hear any rumbles of thunder. I didn't see any flooding, or damage caused by the weather, where I was, during the day.
Locations: Northwest Houston, TX.
Thoughts: A little warm day, before the cold!
Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Houston/Galveston, TX
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FXUS64 KHGX 160514
Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Houston/Galveston TX
1114 PM CST Mon Jan 15 2018
Precip has redeveloped in the wake of a strong cold front that
crossed KCLL around 04z and will cross Houston between 07-08z and
the coast between 09-10z. Light rain will develop in the wake of
the front and transition to a mix of light rain/freezing rain and
sleet. The transition will occur first at KCLL, KUTS and KCXO as
early as 09z but more likely between 10-12z. The transition at
KIAH will occur between 12-15z with a mix of rain/freezing rain
and sleet. Fcst soundings do support a change over to snow during
the afternoon. A mix of rain and sleet will develop at KSGR and
KHOU by 16z with the frozen precip lingering during the
afternoon. Mainly rain is expected at KGLS with some sleet and
possibly snow mixing in by afternoon. Most of the precipitation
will end by 01z. Strong north winds will develop in the wake of
the front and will begin to subside toward Tuesday evening.
Generally IFR ceilings are expected behind the front gradually
lifting to MVFR by morning with some VFR conditions developing by
late afternoon over the northern TAF sites and after 00z over the
south. SKies are expected to become VFR areawide between 06-09z. 43
.PREV DISCUSSION... /ISSUED 906 PM CST Mon Jan 15 2018/
Evening surface analysis showed a cold front stretching from
Temple to Palestine, with temperatures in the D/FW Metroplex
having already falling to freezing behind the front. Simple
extrapolation of the latest frontal movement places the front into
College Station by 9:30 PM, Houston by 12 AM, and Galveston by 2
AM. With surface pressure rises behind the front having increased
over the past few hours, have very little reason to think the cold
front will slow down at all and have lowered overnight
temperatures and temperatures during the day Tuesday 2-3 degrees
as a result. A late evening update may be required should this
faster trend continue. Have also added a mention of rain/freezing
rain/sleet into Burleson, Brazos, Madison, and Houston beginning
after midnight to account for these colder temperature trends as
light to moderate rain in the vicinity of the front gradually
transitions as the layer of cold air behind it deepens. Did not
make any changes to the ongoing Winter Storm Warning or Winter
Weather Advisory with this addition as surface temperatures will
be too warm for impacts to begin before 3 AM CST.
Winds will quickly become northerly and gusty behind frontal
passage, remaining elevated through the day Tuesday. These winds
are expected to be strong enough to produce wind chills in the
single digits to teens at times Tuesday morning. Have opted to
include this hazard in the ongoing Winter Storm Warning instead of
issuing a separate Wind Chill Advisory to keep hazard
communication as simple as possible during a complicated event.
Intermittent periods of sleet, freezing rain, and even snow will
spread south through the day Tuesday, reaching the Houston metro
after sunrise and the coast after noon. Continual precipitation is
not expected through the day... but moreso several 2-4 hour
periods where precipitation occurs as waves of frontogenetic
forcing moving across the region keep the atmosphere primed to
produce winter weather. Colder temperatures during the day Tuesday
will only help encourage the potential for ice accumulations.
PREV DISCUSSION... /ISSUED 357 PM CST Mon Jan 15 2018/
It is so nice to see temperatures in the mid/upper 60s today. So
wish I could be outside to enjoy instead of bringing the bad news.
What`s that saying? If you don`t like the weather in Texas just
wait 5 minutes? That`s the forecast for tonight/tomorrow. So let`s
get to it.
Currently the arctic cold front is pushing into Red River region
and north Texas. Latest surface obs at 12Z show a 1048-1050mb high
sitting over NE Montana/NW North Dakota. Water vapor imagery shows
that nice closed low over the Great Lakes and broad vorticity
maximum over the Plains swinging southward. Upper air analysis
shows highly amplified pattern with ridge over the western U.S.
driving the polar jet due south over the Plains.
Tuesday...This is probably one of my top 5 toughest most
challenging forecasts to make and one of the toughest forecast
decisions to make. Big thanks to our forecast team collaborating
on this but 12Z models all show very similar trends. Ensembles
like SREF/GEFS seem to be showing something similar.
First thing we saw was temperatures in the boundary layer are
trending colder so we had to trend surface temperatures colder and
sooner than previous forecast. This calls for freezing
temperatures for most of the day on Tuesday with precipitation
Second the transition of precipitation types looked on track with
a transition Tuesday morning from rain - freezing rain - sleet -
snow. Model soundings from NAM/GFS show this trend. The ECMWF also
showed colder 850MB temps by 18Z Tuesday indicating a similar
trend. There is a fight between the moisture over the frontal
surface and precip falling versus the drier boundary layer air
coming into from the north. This could allow for precip to end
sooner than expected but it will have to overcome quite a bit of
thermodynamic wet bulbing to do it.
Third increase in frontogenetic lift at several levels. GFS/NAM
all show frontogenesis at 925-850mb and 850-700mb layers. There is
also jet stream configuration with the right entrance region over
much of SE Texas and quite a bit of 500-300mb Q vector
convergence supporting large scale lift. These seem to come
together a little bit late but still lift over the area 18Z
Tuesday to 00Z Wednesday. This all suggests possible banded
precipitation and you even see hints of that in the QPF output in
the models. I`m not going to get into a discussion of CSI and
lapse rates but cross sections do show pockets of CSI and steeper
lapse rates in these areas. Frontogenesis will be driving most of
the banding anyway.
Fourth we need to emphasize freezing rain/sleet as the primary
threat for most of the area. Most ice accumulations will be from a
few hundredths to a tenth of an inch. Banding could lead to
higher amounts of ice leading to need a winter storm warning. With
this potential in mind, we decided on a winter storm warning for
areas along and north of Interstate 10. Farther north there could
be a band of snow from Brenham/Conroe/Livingston north with
generally 1 inch of snow possible which would fall on already icy
conditions from freezing rain/sleet prior to snow. There very
well could be some sleet/snow late afternoon/evening in the
Houston area but freezing rain will be the main issues south of
Precipitation should come to an end Tuesday night with low
temperatures Wednesday morning requiring a hard freeze warning. In
the extended forecast there looks to be a chance of rain Friday
with warm air advection. This continues Saturday into Sunday with
another front pushing through Sunday. This time it looks like a
line of showers and a few thunderstorms Sunday. High pressure
builds in with more cold conditions.
A Gale Warning is now in effect for the coastal waters tomorrow
afternoon through early Weds morning. A Small Craft Advisory is
also in effect for the bays during this same time frame.
Light onshore winds the rest of this afternoon and tonight will be
giving way to strong/gusty offshore winds tomorrow morning on into
the afternoon and overnight hours. This cold arctic airmass is ex-
pected to bring frequent gusts to 34 knots, mainly during the late
afternoon/evening across the coastal waters, with a sustained N/NE
wind of 20 to 30 knots persisting into early Weds morning. Seas to
build into 6 to 8 feet nearshore and around 10 or 11 feet offshore.
Precipitation should be rain/showers...but isolated locales in the
upper parts of the bays could experience some freezing rain during
the late morning/early afternoon time frame on Tues. Low water is-
sues could also present themselves Tues/Weds given the strong off-
shore flow combined with the predicted low astronomical tides.
Winds/seas should be decreasing to below SCA/Gale Warning criteria
Weds morning/afternoon...but SCEC conditions could linger over the
offshore waters as the surface high re-centers itself over the S/E
U.S. and maintains a tight east-to-west gradient over the northern
Gulf. Models keeping with the idea of a coastal low developing at/
near the middle TX coast Thurs/Fri. Along with a brief shifting of
winds (around this system), unsettled weather to return before the
low moves east/washes out Sat. Light/moderate onshore winds should
prevail the rest of the weekend , with the next cold front progged
to move offshore late Sun. 41
.PRELIMINARY POINT TEMPS/POPS...
College Station (CLL) 26 29 20 37 24 / 70 60 10 10 10
Houston (IAH) 32 35 23 39 27 / 60 70 20 10 10
Galveston (GLS) 39 44 28 40 34 / 50 70 30 10 10
TX...Winter Storm Warning from 3 AM Tuesday to midnight CST Tuesday
night for the following zones: Austin...Brazos...Burleson...
Winter Weather Advisory from 3 AM Tuesday to midnight CST
Tuesday night for the following zones: Brazoria...
GM...Small Craft Advisory from 6 AM Tuesday to midnight CST Tuesday
night for the following zones: Galveston Bay...Matagorda
Gale Warning from 6 AM Tuesday to midnight CST Tuesday night for
the following zones: Coastal waters from Freeport to the
Matagorda Ship Channel out 20 NM...Coastal waters from High
Island to Freeport out 20 NM...Waters from Freeport to the
Matagorda Ship Channel from 20 to 60 NM...Waters from High
Island to Freeport from 20 to 60 NM.
Hazardous Weather Outlook
Hazardous Weather Outlook National Weather Service Houston/Galveston TX 509 AM CST Mon Jan 15 2018 TXZ163-164-176>179-195>200-210>214-226-227-235>238-161300- Austin-Brazoria-Brazos-Burleson-Chambers-Colorado-Fort Bend- Galveston-Grimes-Harris-Houston-Jackson-Liberty-Madison-Matagorda- Montgomery-Polk-San Jacinto-Trinity-Walker-Waller-Washington- Wharton- 509 AM CST Mon Jan 15 2018 This hazardous weather outlook is for portions of Southeast Texas. .DAY ONE...Today and Tonight A strong cold front will push through the area late tonight with periods of rain beginning overnight. Some of the rain could transition over to a wintry mix before sunrise up north where the falling temperatures approach the freezing mark. .DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...Tuesday through Sunday Temperatures will fall throughout the day on Tuesday with areas of rain gradually changing over to a wintry mix from north to south as the day progresses. Little to no accumulation is anticipated at this time. However, if the accumulation risk grows or travel hazards increase, a Winter Storm Watch or a Winter Storm Warning might be needed. Cold temperatures are expected Tuesday night in the wake of the front, with lows reaching the upper teens to around 20 up north and in the upper 20s at the coast. Any remaining water from Tuesday`s activity could freeze and create additional ice issues. A Hard Freeze Warning and a Wind Chill Advisory might be needed for portions of the area. Please keep up with the latest forecasts. .SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT... Spotter activation might be needed late tonight through Tuesday night. $$
Winter Storm WarningURGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE National Weather Service Houston/Galveston TX 917 PM CST Mon Jan 15 2018 ...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 3 AM TUESDAY TO MIDNIGHT CST WEDNESDAY NIGHT... A strong arctic cold front will push through Southeast Texas tonight, clearing the coast by sunrise. Temperatures will fall behind the front with most of Southeast Texas below freezing by midday Tuesday. Precipitation will be falling through the day with the possibility of pockets of heavier precipitation and bands. There will be a transition of precipitation going from rain to freezing rain to sleet and possibly snow. This change will occur as temperatures fall behind the front. Greatest potential for ice accumulation and snow fall accumulation appears to be along and north of Interstate 10. The frozen precipitation will impact elevated surfaces like overpasses and bridges. Where temperatures are below freezing longer, impacts to roads and possibly power lines are expected with icing. Precipitation will end from north to south late Tuesday so portions of the warning and advisory may be cancelled early. Wind chills will also fall into the single digits or teens for a period of time Tuesday morning. TXZ163-164-176>179-195>200-210>213-170600- /O.CON.KHGX.WS.W.0001.180116T0900Z-180117T0600Z/ Austin-Brazos-Burleson-Colorado-Grimes-Harris-Houston-Liberty- Madison-Montgomery-Polk-San Jacinto-Trinity-Walker-Waller- Washington- Including the cities of Bellville, Brenham, Brookshire, Bryan, Caldwell, Cleveland, Coldspring, College Station, Columbus, Conroe, Corrigan, Crockett, Dayton, Eagle Lake, Groveton, Hempstead, Houston, Humble, Huntsville, Katy, Lake Somerville, Liberty, Livingston, Madisonville, Navasota, Onalaska, Pasadena, Prairie View, Sealy, Shepherd, The Woodlands, Tomball, Trinity, Weimar, and Willis 917 PM CST Mon Jan 15 2018 ...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 3 AM TUESDAY TO MIDNIGHT CST WEDNESDAY NIGHT... Freezing rain will be the primary hazard for all areas in the warning with the potential of an eighth of an inch of ice accumulations especially in any bands. Amounts of a few hundredths to a tenth of an inch are more likely but these amounts will still impact roads, bridges and overpasses. Snowfall accumulations are more likely north of a Brenham, Conroe to Livingston line. Again with any banded precipitation there is the potential for snowfall greater than 1 to 2 inches. Most areas may get 1 inch of snow and this may fall on top of freezing rain and sleet. * WHAT...Intermittent periods of winter weather across Southeast Texas, including: - Freezing rain accumulation potentially an eighth of an inch or more but with a tenth or less more likely. Minor ice accumulations possible on power lines. - Snowfall accumulation potentially 2 inches north of Brenham to Livingston with 1 inch most likely. Trace snowfall amounts possible north of Interstate 10 where freezing rain is most likely hazard. - Hazardous wind chills in the single digits to teens Tuesday morning. * WHERE...Mainly north of Interstate 10 * WHEN...Tuesday morning through the evening * ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Impacts of icing to elevated surfaces such as bridges and overpasses. Road conditions will worsen for areas with temperatures below freezing for a longer period of time. Snow falling on top of any icy surfaces will cause those surfaces to become even more icy. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A Winter Storm Warning means significant amounts of snow... sleet...and ice are expected or occurring. Strong winds are also possible. This will make travel very hazardous or impossible. && $$