Although temperatures will creep into the 70s this afternoon across most, if not all, of Galveston County, we will be saying “goodbye” to our seasonably mild weather for a while. In fact, it may seem downright wintry by the end of this week.

Initially, a blustery cold front will roll through Texas overnight, bringing windy and chilly weather back to our area. Despite the cool down, this cold front will not be exceptionally cold and will be similar to what we have seen over the past couple of weeks.

A much stronger push of Arctic air, however, will plunge south across the eastern half of the country. This front should push through Texas on Thursday, bringing cold, wet, cloudy weather to southeast Texas as warm air aloft rides over the top of the cold air at the surface. This front may bring freezing rain and sleet to areas north of Houston.

Currently, the main thrust of the cold air is expected to be somewhat to the east of us. If it is, then we will get rain and fairly unpleasant weather behind the front, but should avoid any ice storms or hard freezes. If the bulk of the air, however, takes a slightly more westerly trajectory, then icing situations could develop in the Houston metro area late Thursday and early Friday.

In any case, it looks as though the immediate trend is toward more wintry weather than we have seen of late.

Day 3 surface forecast map

Day 4 minimum temperature outlook

4 day precipitation and temperature outlook

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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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