Chris Coleman, ERCOT Senior Meteorologist
Updated Friday, December 6
General Discussion: A weakening cold front moved through most of ERCOT last night. Much more noticeable changes will be seen in today’s temperatures in North and West Texas than the rest of the state. The above-normal temperature pattern will continue through the weekend, with Sunday being the warmest day for the ERCOT system. A stronger cold front will move through Texas on Monday. Ahead of the front, it will be quite warm; behind the front, temperatures will drop. Temperatures will vary widely across the state on Monday afternoon. The colder air will continue to filter through ERCOT into the middle of next week. At this point, it is not expected to be as cold as the November 12-13 chill, but it could very well be the coldest we’ve experienced since then. Light rain may increase late-Monday near and ahead of the front, and there is the potential for some icing early Tuesday in parts of West Texas. Clouds and wind will keep Tuesday afternoon’s temperatures quite chilly for the ERCOT system. Wednesday morning will likely be the coldest next week for most locations.
Today: The front that moved through most of the state last night will have a significant impact on temperatures in West Texas today. Upper-70s to lower-80s for highs yesterday will be replaced with upper-50s to lower-60s today. Dallas-Fort Worth will be about 10 degrees cooler this afternoon. However, there won’t be much change in temperatures compared to yesterday for the rest of the state. Low-to-mid-70s will be the highs this afternoon in Central Texas and the Coast. Temperatures will again top 80 in much of South Texas. Generally, there will be much more sunshine today than what we experienced yesterday. And it will be a bit colder tonight.
This Weekend: While West Texas will be warmer on Saturday, most of the rest of the state will see temperatures on Saturday cooler than today. 60s for highs will be common. Expect more clouds around on Saturday, and if they are more predominant than anticipated, some locations could come in a bit cooler than forecasted tomorrow afternoon. Temperatures will turn warmer on Sunday. Highs will be well into the 70s with some approaching 80 degrees Sunday afternoon. It should be a very nice end to the weekend before the weather pattern brings a colder change beginning early next week.