Confidence is increasing that some wintry precipitation is going to develop late Thursday into Friday morning. Accumulations should be light to insignificant.
- Isolated strong storms possible east of I-45 late Wednesday afternoon into the evening.
- Timing has shifted to late afternoon over the north.
- The extent of the mix of precipitation has expanded to near the coastal areas.
- Much of the mix of precipitation will fall on warm ground which should hamper/limit any accumulations.
- Precipitation near the coast ends Friday after sunrise.
- Tides in the short term have recovered to near normal but will plummet and low water conditions should prevail Thursday through Saturday.
- Gale Watch for the Gulf waters in effect Thursday morning through early Friday morning.
A cold front moves into the region late Wednesday afternoon bringing a threat of strong to possibly severe thunderstorms shifting to the coastal areas during the evening hours. Colder air overspreads the region Thursday and upper level disturbance moves across the Hill Country and into Southeast Texas Thursday late. This will lead to the development of rain mixed with sleet/snow and possibly light freezing rain. Temperatures though will be near or just above freezing which should limit any accumulation of frozen precipitation. Some vegetation and possibly overpasses could acquire some light icing early Friday. Precipitation should switch back over to rain by around 9 am Friday.Friday morning will be cold and breezy with wind chill readings in the upper teens to mid 20s.No Flash Flooding is Expected.
If storms/rain focus further south Thursday night the occurrence of the wintry precipitation will be lighter and smaller in coverage and shorter in duration.