Houston Braces for Strong Weekend Winds as Cold Front Brings Gusty Weather and Temperature Drop

Houston Braces for Strong Weekend Winds as Cold Front Brings Gusty Weather and Temperature DropSource: National Weather Service
Alyssa Ford
Published on December 09, 2023

Houstonians should secure their outdoor decorations and brace for a gusty weekend, as a cold front is expected to push through, driving temperatures down after a warm Saturday. According to Click2Houston, the winds, coming from the south at 15-20 mph and gusting to 25 mph, are set to strengthen with the arrival of the front this afternoon, prompting a gale watch for Saturday evening into Sunday morning.

The anticipated front will not only shift the wind direction from the south to the north, but it will also drop temperatures drastically from a comfortable 80s to a chilly 40s by Sunday morning, Click2Houston reports. While the severe weather threat has diminished and moved east of the Houston area, residents are still urged to exercise caution, with the winds being the primary concern. Fortunately, the city is not expecting any flood threats.

As the National Weather Service advises on its website, there's a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms tonight, though mainly before 7:00 p.m., with wind gusts potentially reaching as high as 35 mph. Looking ahead, the service predicts mostly sunny skies by Tuesday, with the weather calming significantly and highs around the mid-60s.

The National Weather Service additionally stresses the importance of reporting severe weather conditions promptly to help them protect lives and property. They encourage the public to report significant weather phenomena, especially tornadoes, large hail, strong wind gusts, and flash flooding, on their social media accounts or by email. Reports on Twitter can include the hashtag #TXWX for swift information relay, according to the service notes.