BRYAN, Texas — What a difference a day makes in Texas. Thursday, temperatures in the Brazos Valley topped out in the mid-90s with heat indices near 100. Today, temperatures have fallen into the 40s & 50s with windchills in the 30s for parts of the Brazos Valley.
A strong cold front moved into the Brazos Valley just before sunrise today. Temperatures in Bryan-College Station were in the upper-70s at 5:00AM prior to the cold front's arrival. Once the cold front moved in, temperatures quickly fell into the 50s followed by temperatures gradually falling into the upper-40s. Along and behind the cold front, showers & storms developed and moved into the Brazos Valley.
Bryan-College Station officially picked up close to 0.50" of rain while locations north of BCS picked up 1.00-3.00". This is great news given the current drought monitor (released on Thursday) shows much of the Brazos Valley in a severe to extreme drought.
The cold air is expected to continue to filter into the Brazos Valley overnight as strong northerly winds continue to move the cold air in. Winds will remain elevated into the evening hours. Expect winds to gust in excess of 25mph through the early morning hours before winds gradually decrease by late Saturday morning. This will drop the windchills into the 30s & 40s for part of the Brazos Valley.
Due to the elevated winds overnight and the pesky low-level clouds, temperatures will not bottom out. Low temperatures will fall into the 40s & low-50s. This will make for a chilly start to Saturday morning for all of the tailgaters for the big game between Texas A&M and Alabama.
Saturday morning will be the perfect morning to sit on the porch and drink that hot coffee or pumpkin spice latte. The "Pumpkin Spice Latte Meter" is at a 5 tomorrow--ideal for you cold weather & warm beverage lovers!
The gameday forecast is fall-like for Texas A&M and Alabama. During the morning hours, temperatures will be in the upper-40s with a light breeze from the northeast. Temperatures will gradually increase into the low-60s. A few upper-level clouds will remain throughout the day, and a sprinkle or two cannot be ruled out, but overall it appears conditions should remain dry.
Taking a look at the "Emoji Forecast" for the next 5-days, temperatures gradually increase into early next week. By Tuesday, it will be rather warm & humid (feeling more like Spring). Shower & thunderstorms chances will increase from Sunday night into Tuesday. A weak cold front will drop temperatures on Wednesday and slightly chip away at those rain chances.