|TUESDAY, MARCH 11, 2014
MILD WEATHER TODAY TO GIVE WAY TO SUNNY, BREEZY, CHILLY WEATHER ON WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY
Mostly cloudy and cool this morning, becoming partly cloudy and mild this afternoon. High temperatures will range from near 70 in Galveston to the low-70's on the mainland. Look for southwest winds at 10-15 mph. It will be mostly clear and cool tonight. Low temperatures will be in the upper-50's. Expect southwest winds at 5-10 mph. Wednesday should bring mostly sunny skies, breezy conditions and much cooler temperatures. High temperatures will be in the low-60's. Expect northerly winds at 15-25 mph. It will be mostly sunny and chilly on Thursday. Winds will be from the east at 5-15 mph. High temperatures will be in the upper-50's.
SYNOPSIS AND OUTLOOK:
Rain chances will diminish today as the bulk of the promised rain remains in the Gulf of Mexico. Instead, mild conditions today will give way to breezy, chilly weather as a strong cold front moves through the area early on Wednesday.
At the surface, a stationary front extends over the western Gulf of Mexico off the Texas coast with a surface low south of Galveston. To our north, an extended frontal boundary stretches all the way from southern California across the central Rockies and Plains to the Great Lakes and eastern Canada. High pressure is building over the Pacific Northwest. The upper-level map shows a slightly more amplified pattern with an upper-low and low pressure trough over Texas and another low pressure trough developing over the western third of the country.
Mostly cloudy skies and mild temperatures will persist today with only a slight chance of rain. The front to our north and northwest will become active tonight and push through Texas early on Wednesday, bringing clearing skies, windy conditions, low humidity levels and seasonably chilly temperatures for the middle of the week. We should see a gradual warmup as we move through the end of the week into the weekend.
The Tropical Atlantic Basin is quiet and tropical cyclone development not expected over the coming 48-hours.