Heavy rain and chilly air are headed for the Houston area later this week, but New Year’s Day is forecast to be clear and sunny.
Today, the the high temperature will climb to near 50 degrees under partly skies. The overnight low will be in the upper 30s and the north wind will be between 5 mph and 10 mph. No rain is forecast, according to the National Weather Service.
Forecasters said an 80 percent chance of rain is called for on Tuesday as a storm gathering in West Texas this morning moves east and combines with a low pressure area off the coast.
The rain will be wide spread. Most areas will receive about an inch of rainfall, but some spots could record as much as two inches.
The high temperature will be in the lower 40s and the low will be in the upper 30s.
Rain chances decrease to about 70 percent Wednesday as the storm gradually moves northeast. The high temperature will be in the mid-50s and the low will be in the mid-40s under mostly cloudy skies.
Only a slight chance of rain is expected Thursday. The high temperature should be near 60, but the low will be in the upper 30s as a brisk cold front arrives from the north later that night, which is New Year’s Eve.
The high temperature will struggle to reach 50 degrees and the low will plunge to near freezing Friday, the first day of 2010. Clear skies are forecast.
More sun is called for Saturday when the high temperature will be near 50 and the low will be in the upper 30s. A slight chance of rain is possible Sunday.