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Published on February 26, 2024
Houston Braces for Cool Down as Cold Front Approaches, While Severe Storms Threaten MidwestSource: Unsplash/ mosi knife

Houstonians are looking at a mix of sun and clouds with temperatures scaling the 80s before a mid-week cool down. Today's forecast calls for partly sunny skies with a high pushing past 80 degrees, but don't expect the warmth to stick around, as a cold front is poised to sweep through on Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.

As the front moves in, Wednesday's high will drop to the low 70s with gusty winds that could hit 30 mph, turning breezy conditions into a potential annoyance for outdoor plans; the cool down will persist, with Thursday's temps struggling to reach 59 degrees. The latter part of the week could see showers with a 30 percent chance of rain Thursday night into Friday, reported by the National Weather Service.

Outside of Texas, the weather takes a turn as the NWS Storm Prediction Center anticipates severe thunderstorms with potential large hail, damaging wind gusts, and a few tornadoes for areas stretching from East-Central Missouri into Southern Lower Michigan. The outlook, detailed in a statement obtained by the Storm Prediction Center, characterizes the storm potential for Tuesday as "scattered strong to severe," with increased activity expected throughout the evening and overnight.

The thunderstorm risk in Houston remains low as the southeast corner of Texas will bask in the warmth a little longer, with temperatures climbing until the anticipated cold front hits, and warming trends commencing again, starting Friday with the highs rebounding into the mid-70s by Saturday, as posted from NWS Houston X account. Despite these fluctuations, Houston residents should brace for the colder temperatures and potential precipitation that are part of this seasonal weather dance.