BRYAN, Texas — The much advertised cold front has worked through the Brazos Valley. This ended the spring-like temperatures and brought in winter-like temperatures as the Canadian airmass settles in. Temperatures will continue to gradually fall Thursday evening & night into the 40s. The northerly breeze will stick around making wind chills fall into the low-40s by Friday morning. Make sure the kiddos have those jackets for the bus stop tomorrow. Rain coverage will decrease Thursday evening before an uptick in moisture occurs Friday morning.
Friday afternoon will remain chilly with high temperatures struggling in the low to mid-50s. Along with the cool temperatures, cloud cover should hang around on top of a northerly breeze. Rain coverage will decrease throughout the morning hours.
The weekend will be nice with temperatures returning into the 60s & low-70s. But, big changes will arrive early next week. The first true Arctic airmass of the season will move into the Brazos Valley as a large dip in the jet stream develops. The exact timing of the Arctic airmass is questionable at this time but a Monday passage is expected. Numerical guidance is struggling with the timing but typically these airmasses move in faster than guidance indicates. This quicker passage will limit how high temperatures climb on Monday. Temperatures should climb into the 60s but quickl fall behind the front into the 30s with windchills in the teens.
An area of rain will accompany the cold front. A brief period of post-frontal rain will occur but it appears the the moisture will move out of the Brazos Valley just before the airmass gets cold enough for sleet. Northeastern Texas may see a brief window for sleet early Tuesday morning, but again, the moisture should move out of the Brazos Valley just in time before the freezing temperatures arrive.
Temperatures will be downright cold behind the cold front. High temperatures will struggle in the 40s with lows in the 20s so expect a hard, long freeze. Wind chills will fall into the teens making the cold dangerous. Now is the time to prepare for the cold temperatures.