Tonight: More off and on rain tonight. Some rain may be heavy at times and small hail may be possible. Rain will continue through Tuesday as a low pressure in the Gulf of Mexico moves across the northern Gulf of Mexico. Additional rain totals will be around 1 to 2 inches with locally higher amounts. Overnight temperatures will be in the 40s. 

Tuesday: Clouds will linger and showers may continue until midday or so. High temperatures will be in the low and mid 50s. Overnight temperatures will be in the 40s. 

Wednesday: Winter officially begins around 3:48 PM CST – it will certainly feel like winter, although it will be milder than what’s to come. High temperatures will be in the upper 50s. Overnight temperatures will be in the 40s. 

Thursday: A strong cold front will bring Arctic air down to the Gulf Coast. The front will likely move in late Thursday and into Friday. Temperatures will likely drop like a rock about 30 degrees within a few hours. Some rain is possible ahead of the front and a couple of flurries may fall, but not stick. The snow chance will stay well to our north. Overnight temperatures will drop down into the teens and 20s overnight and early Friday morning. Protect people, pets, plants, and pipes! 

Friday – Christmas Day: Very cold air will stay in place and highs will likely only be in the 30s Friday and Saturday. We likely won’t warm above freezing on Friday, which means over 24 hours of a freeze. Wind chills will be in the single digits and teens Friday and possibly again Saturday morning. Highs on Christmas Day may be in the 40s. Friday night and Christmas Eve night, and Christmas night/Monday will likely bring a long duration hard freeze to our area. Make sure you make preparations before the cold arrives and before you leave town. 

Next Week: Another moderate to hard freeze expected Christmas night/Monday morning, but high temperatures and low temperatures will begin to climb after Monday morning’s freeze.