Latest updated blog – Staying cold for Sunday – Nick

A warm up on the way by the middle of this week

Good early Sunday morning, everyone. Even with some sunshine back in play on our Saturday, we kept on going with cold temperatures across the area. On the heels of highs in the upper 30s on Friday, we started cold on Saturday morning with lows in the lower 20s and some areas picking up on some mist before sunrise. Once that burned away, the partly sunny to mostly cloudy skies only allowed highs on our Saturday to climb into the middle 30s across the region.


Our immediate setup doesn’t show a lot happening here as we head into our Sunday with high pressure in control. All the action to wrap up the weekend will be involved with the surface low system working over El Paso and getting ready to track across the state of Texas.


Not only will that surface system track across Texas. So, too, will the upper-level low coming out of New Mexico. Both of these systems will put out a decent swath of snow across the Lone Star State that could total between 4 and 8 inches. While Texas hogs all the snow with these systems, the upper-low will keep the cold air in place for us today and start us out with mostly cloudy skies.


With our cloud cover and a light north breeze at 5 mph, we’ll have everyone starting cold this morning with lows in the 20s. Just like yesterday morning, some spots could have a little mist to start the day out before sunrise as well.


As we continue throughout the day, the upper-level low to our south will keep us mostly cloudy through the morning before we turn partly sunny this afternoon. We’re expecting temperatures to push into the lower to middle 30s by lunchtime and into the middle and upper 30s for our afternoon highs today.


Looking at our setup for Monday, the upper low will be very quick to start moving into the Tennessee Valley. That will allow our skies to turn partly to mostly sunny for Monday as a new work/school week begins. Even with returning sun, we’ll still be on the cooler side of the jet stream. After we start cold on Monday morning, we’ll at least see a bump in high temperatures back into the lower 40s across the area for Monday afternoon.


Look at the jet stream setup for Tuesday and Wednesday. We’ll have an upper-level ridge out across the Pacific and the Southwestern United States force the jet to our northeast. This will encourage mostly sunny skies to grace us for Tuesday and partly sunny skies for Wednesday. This setup will push us back into the lower 50s for highs on Tuesday and the middle 50s on Wednesday.


Once we get past another partly sunny day with highs in the middle to upper 50s, the setup will change once again for Friday. Doug has been saying for the past few days that we’re in another quiet stretch of the pattern and that assessment is certainly accurate considering we won’t have another shot for rain or snow until late Thursday night and Friday morning. Even then, the brunt of that system wants to stay to our east. Still we can’t rule out a few rain or snow showers for late Thursday night and early Friday morning. This system’s main job will be to cool us back down with highs dropping back into the 40s as next weekend gets underway.


If you’re curious as to how we look for the rest of January and much of February, Doug has you covered with his long range forecast down below.

Have a great Sunday!


January 17th-23rd:  A cold first half of the week with mild temperatures the second half of the week.  Rain and snow chances on Sunday, Monday and into Tuesday.  Rain chances back in by Friday and Saturday.

January 24th-30th:  A mild start with rain on Monday, then turning colder with rain, snow or ice by Tuesday.  Staying cold the rest of the week with snow chances on Thursday.

January 31st-February 6th:  A cold start to the week with slight chances for rain or snow on Sunday.  The rest of the week dry with mild temperatures the second half of the week.

February 7th-13th:  A mild start with rain on Monday.  Cooling down the rest of the week with rain or snow on Wednesday and slight rain chances on Friday.

February 14th-20th:  Cold the first half of the week with rain chances Sunday, rain or snow chances on Monday.  Then weak system with snow showers on Tuesday and Wednesday.  Warming back up late in the week