Today’s weather is shaping up to be a virtual repeat of Monday’s around the Houston area, with the forecast calling for gray skies, rain and temperatures in the 50s. But the key word in the forecast comes Friday: snow, or at least a chance of it.
An offshore low-pressure system created by the cold front that moved through southeast Texas early Monday is churning rain back onto shore. The National Weather Service said there is a 70 percent chance of rain this morning, increasing to 80 percent in the afternoon and 90 percent tonight, when temperatures should plunge toward the lower 40s.
Also, a coastal flood warning is in effect as higher-than-normal tides are expected tonight because of the weather system. Rains also were heavier along the coast this morning.
Conditions are set to improve a bit Wednesday, with only a 20 percent chance of rain before skies clear in the evening. After high temperatures reach the mid-50s, the lows early Thursday should drop into the upper 30s.
A slight rain chance returns Thursday, with highs in the mid-50s and lows approaching freezing overnight.
All that sets up a 30 percent chance of rain and snow Friday afternoon and night. Highs during the day should only get into the lower 40s, and the lows should be around freezing.
The weather service says skies should clear again just in time for the weekend. Temperatures should return to the lower 50s Saturday, then fall back into the mid-30s Saturday night.
On Sunday and Monday, temperatures should approach 60 during the afternoon, getting into the mid-40s at night.