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High Winds Creating Critical Fire Weather Threats in California; Heavy Rains Along Gulf Coast

Strong to high winds are creating critical fire weather conditions across much of California, and explosive fire growth in Southern California. Wind gradients gradually weaken Sunday and through mid next week. Conversely, very wet conditions will develop this week as week along the Gulf Coast; and unsettled weather pattern to the north with snow from the Great Basin to the High Plains. Read More >

Here's a look at your rain chances for tonight. It appears that widespread rain is anticipated with the most likely area being across the Brazos Valley. Some rain may be moderate at times with rainfall totals perhaps in excess of 1" down across the Hearne, Centerville and Palestine areas. There could be a rumble of thunder or two as well, but severe weather is not expected.
Maybe you've heard a rumor about wintry weather before Christmas? It's true, some of the forecast data does suggest a weather pattern favorable for winter weather. However, this potential event is so far out (beyond 7 days in fact), that a great deal of uncertainty exists, and as a result, we cannot definitively pin down what the weather pattern will look like. We know that arctic air is likely to surge through the region late Thursday and into Friday. We do NOT know whether precipitation will be able to develop in the cold airmass, as this will depend on the position of upper-level features which are being poorly modeled at this time. The two main scenarios are either for a mainly dry and cold forecast, or one with impacts from freezing rain, sleet, and snow across the region. Keep checking back for updates as the potential impacts from this next system become more certain.
Another cold front will move into the region this evening and overnight. This front will result in a north wind shift, but gusty winds are not expected until Thursday. Low temperatures tonight and Thursday morning will be in the 30s for most locations.

 
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