A strong late season cold front will roar into Galveston County today, bringing strong, gusty winds, a winter-like chill and a threat of showers and thunderstorms.

The cold front, which should reach the coast by mid-day today, will produce gale force winds offshore and over Galveston Bay and send temperatures to near-record lows for this time of year. Temperatures should dip into the 50’s by this afternoon and into the low 40s by Tuesday morning.

The coldest temperature ever recorded in Galveston for April was 38 degrees observed on April 8, 1938. The coldest temperature of record for April 15 was 41 degree in 1928 and the coldest for April 16 was 51 degrees in 1928. With temperatures expected to be in the 40s again on Wednesday morning, this front is likely to result in a new daily record low for Galveston and League City.

At any rate, there is no doubt that our welcome spell of spring weather will come to an abrupt halt today and we should experience at least one more wintry blow before the warm season really arrives.

Gale warning graphic from the Houston-Galveston NWS

National Wind Flow Map

Current Weather Map

Texas Radar Loop

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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