A Gale Watch has been issued for Galveston Bay and offshore waters from this afternoon into Friday afternoon as yet another storm system and cold front approaches the area over the coming 24 hours. Brisk winds of 20-35 mph can be expected with gusts up to 45 mph along the coast and offshore.

Gale Watch

In addition, brief heavy rains can be expected ahead of and along the frontal passage as an upper-level low and associated trough moves across Texas overnight and Thursday.

Upper-level forecast loop

• Day 2 Convective Outlook

While clouds may be slow to clear out as the system gradually moves out of the area, we should see breezy conditions with low temperatures in the 40s again for Friday and Saturday mornings along with some sunshine.

Looking further down the road, we can expect more of the same kind of changeable weather over the coming seven days or so, with a warm-up by mid-week, followed by increasing clouds and rain chances as yet another system moves in from the west.

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

(4) comments

Blanca Bell

Hey, Stan, how much rain did we get last Friday night???

Stan Blazyk Staff
Stan Blazyk

3.29 inches at Scholes Field in Galveston and 4.29 at League City (both counting some light rain on Saturday).

George Croix

5" plus in the COM area, Stan. The metal shaft on my umbrella was good enough reason for me not to go empty the rain gauge when it filled up.....

Stan Blazyk Staff
Stan Blazyk

Thanks for the report.

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