The New Year brought light sleet, snow and freezing rain to parts of Galveston County as the coldest spell in three years chilled the area. Low temperatures in Galveston of 30° on Tuesday and Wednesday registered the coldest temperature at that location since January 7, 2017 and marked the first time that the Island has had two consecutive days with freezing temperatures since January 28-29, 2014. The 25° degree low in League City was the coldest there since January 7th last year.

If you are weary of the cold, however, there is good news. Gradually warming temperatures will bring back near normal conditions by the weekend, though some clouds and a chance of rain may mitigate the warm to some degree. The rain will be in conjunction with a cold front due to reach the coast by Monday. This front, however, will not come close to matching our last one and will only keep conditions near normal for this time of year.

Looking further ahead, high temperatures in the 60’s will be likely by Tuesday or Wednesday of this coming week. Moreover, normal to slightly above normal temperatures should prevail through the end of next week, with no freezes expected. Beyond that, there are hints of a return to colder conditions, but so far nothing to suggest a true Arctic blast such as we are now bidding adieu!

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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mark niles

Was this latest 'arctic blast' an example of the 'Polar Vortex'? I am unsure of what that is. Seems like a 'buzz-word' from a few years ago.

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