Cloudy, cool weather settled in over Galveston County today in the wake of yesterday’s cold front. This cool down, however, will be quite modest compared with a stronger cold front due to reach the coast Thursday afternoon or evening. This second front will definitely bring a real touch of winter back to the area, although it currently appears that the freezing line will stay north of Galveston County, sparing us a repeat of the conditions we saw following New Year’s Day.

In any case, a storm system causing rain and some mudslides in Southern California will shift east and northeast leading to low pressure in the Central Plains and northern Mexico. Cold, high pressure over Canada will then rush southward on the western side of these lows, bringing a chance of showers and thunderstorms as the cold front moves across Texas on Thursday.

3 day surface forecast loop

One upside of this forecast overall is that we should see some milder, though breezy, conditions and some fog tomorrow and much of Thursday as southerly winds return ahead of the lows and frontal passage. Plus the coldest air will eventually slide off to the east, perhaps preventing another freeze here.

Unfortunately, it does mean chilly conditions will prevail through this coming weekend!

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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