Cloudy skies, gusty winds, light rain and fog greeted County residents on the day after Christmas with a frontal boundary and coastal trough stalled offshore. The surface boundary, combined with a broad upper-level trough produced rain overnight with showers continuing over the Gulf and along the coast.

SPC Mesoscale Analysis

In addition, a weak cold front due to move through the area on Wednesday will keep windy conditions around for a while, even as rain chances diminish behind the front. With easterly winds gusting to 30-mph or more near the coast, a small craft advisory may be in the picture tonight into tomorrow and tide levels could rise to 1-2 feet above normal levels along the coast.

Galveston Pier 21 Tides & Currents

Looking ahead, another cold front due to reach the Texas coast late Saturday may guarantee cold, breezy conditions for New Year’s Day.

So far, forecast models are differing as to timing of the front and how cold the front will be locally, but we can be fairly confident that the weather should be on the chilly side for the end of December and beginning of January.

Stan Blazyk is a life-long weather enthusiast, long-time Galveston resident and author of "A Century of Galveston Weather." He has written the weather blog for the Galveston County Daily News for more than a decade.

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