First Major Cold Front of the Season Coming Monday

The National Weather Service has issued the following statement on Sunday, Oct. 15, 2018:

A cold front currently situated over the Texas Panhandle will progress into Southeast Texas Monday through Monday night. This will cause a drastic drop in high temperatures from near 90 Sunday to near 60 by Tuesday. Winds will increase Monday morning to 10-15 mph sustained with gusts up to 20-25 mph.

Showers and isolated thunderstorms will begin early Monday morning ahead of the front with periods of showers and thunderstorms lasting behind the front through Tuesday. Some of these storms may be strong with gusty winds and small hail. Locally heavy rainfall is possible.

The cold front will be oriented from northeast to southwest. Expect the front to approach College Station by 1-2 a.m. Monday, Houstonby 6-7 a.m., and Galveston by 10-11 a.m. High temperatures on Monday will be dependent on how quickly the front passes. For areas along the coast, temperatures may reach the low 80s before the front passes, whereas the frontal passage early in the morning for areas inland will limit high temperatures to near 60.

Significantly colder weather will be possible with highs struggling to get out of the 50s near College Station. High temperatures in the Houston area will only warm into the lower 60s. A modest warming trend is expected at the end of the week.

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