Chris Coleman, ERCOT Senior Meteorologist
Updated Thursday, January 14
General Discussion: A cold front is moving through ERCOT today. There will be strong winds behind this front, along with colder temperatures tomorrow. Wind chills will be noticeably colder than the air temperatures tonight into tomorrow morning. Saturday morning will be colder as the wind diminishes, though in many cases Friday morning will feel colder. No precipitation is associated with this front, so afternoon temperatures will rebound to near-normal levels Friday and Saturday. Temperatures will trend warmer against Sunday into next week. At this point, there is no expectation of a strong cold front next week; however, the weather pattern is likely to be unsettled, with numerous opportunities for precipitation. At this point, any frozen precipitation or mix with rain next week will likely be limited to West Texas, with only rain expected over the rest of the state.
Today: Mostly sunny skies as a fast-moving, strong cold front moves across the state today. The front is passing through Dallas-Fort Worth this morning, and will reach Houston by mid-afternoon. Strong north-northwest wind behind this front will result in wind chills significantly colder than the air temperature. Most locations will see highs today in the 60s, though the Rio Grande Valley will top out near 80 as the front won’t arrive there until evening. Temperatures tonight will drop into the 30s over most of the state with strong wind continuing.
Tomorrow: Mostly sunny skies, windy, and colder. Most locations will see highs ranging from the low-50s to low-60s, a bit warmer in South Texas. Wind will slowly diminish tomorrow night, resulting in colder temperatures heading into Saturday morning and freezes common over a large portion of the state.