Good morning and happy Thursday! A strong cold front is barrelling through the state this morning with strong gusty winds behind it. Ahead of the front, mild, humid, overcast and very spring-like with a chance of storms later this afternoon as the front arrives across parts of east and southeast Texas. Highs for today across the northern portions of the state will be reached early in the day as the cold front is moving through at this time. Lows tonight behind the front will be a chilly reminder of winter with lows in the 20′s and 30′s across northern and central Texas, with 40′s and 50′s further south closer to the coast.
As mentioned earlier, a line of thunderstorms is anticipated to form along the leading edge of the frontal boundary by later this afternoon. This line will move southeast and should be out of the state by 9pm tonight. Widespread severe weather is not expected. The most likely hazards will be gusty winds, some lightning and small hail possible with some of the stronger storm cells.
The other main hazards to mention for today will be the strong winds behind the front. Portions of the panhandle have already seen winds gusting in excess of 50mph this morning. Gusts in the 40+ mph range can be expected along and just behind the leading edge of the front as it moves through northern Texas over the next few hours, with steady winds behind the front in the 20-30mph range. The overall wind speeds behind the front will tend to decrease throughout the day as the front works it way south. These strong winds combined with low humidity values has required the issue of Red Flag Warnings across a large portion of the state, so continue to be cautious with anything that could burn or cause a spark. That’s about it for this morning, and we’ll have updates later today for you on the front and if the probability of any severe weather increases.