Morning thunderstorms, then a big temperature drop Thursday.


A strong arctic cold front will bring cold air to the region today, keep us chilly through the weekend, before a threat for heavy rain early next week. 

Many of us are waking up to rain and thunderstorms this morning, and we will see a severe weather threat through at least sunrise as some of the storms could bring high wind gusts or large hail. As we move through the morning we will lose the severe weather ingredients, so expect the strong storm threat to end rather quickly after sunrise. Rainfall accumulations today will be 1/2 to 1 inch, creating a messy morning commute in many areas. Rain will taper off later today. See the latest loop of futurecast below:

After the rain clears your particular county/parish, a breezy northwest wind will start the steady flow of cold air throughout the day. While many of us are in the 60s this morning, temperatures later this afternoon will be in the 40s and 50s with a northwest wind of 10 to 20 miles per hour bringing a wind chill factor to the lowering temperatures. 

Tonight we will dip to near or below freezing into the 20s and 30s, with highs expected to be in the 40s Friday and Saturday. We may see a few light rain showers return late Friday into early Saturday, but any accumulations will be light. 

Our next pattern change will occur Sunday, as highs return to the mid/upper 50s. A series of disturbances will roll in across Texas in the warmer air Sunday and Monday. Rain chances will increase Sunday afternoon and for much of the day Monday. A cold front will finally bring a final round of rain/storms on Tuesday. Forecast models are hitting on the potential for heavy rain, with some 2 to 4 inch accumulations across much of the region. 

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