ICY RGV

RIO GRANDE VALLEY:

A WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE ENTIRE VALLEY UNTIL 12 PM CST FRIDAY.  ICY ROADS WILL MAKE TRAVEL VERY DIFFICULT, ESPECIALLY IN THE LOWER VALLEY.

A WIND CHILL WARNING ALSO REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE ENTIRE VALLEY.  WIND CHILL VALUES WILL BE FALLING INTO THE TEENS TONIGHT.

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Temperatures have remained below freezing since 3 or 4 am CST.  Freezing drizzle have affected temperatures in the lower Valley.  High temperatures were recorded around midnight this morning for most areas around the Valley:

Brownsville:  36/28
Harlingen:  34/27
McAllen:  35/29

Tonight will be very icy.  Precipitation chances increase, as a mid-level low moves northeast across western and central TX. The mid-level low, along with a surface trough will increase moisture and lift, resulting in ice/sleet/snow.  Coastal regions may receive up to .25″ of ice!  This amount could bring down power lines and small trees. The mid-Valley may receive up to .10″ of ice and up to .5″ of sleet/snow by tomorrow morning.  However, some computer models are hinting at little to no snow/sleet accumulations for the mid-and-upper Valley, at all.  Tonight’s low will be in the mid-20s around the Valley.  Wind chill values will be in the teens! Stay Warm! Winds will continue to be out of the north at 10-20 mph, with higher gusts.

(2/4/2011): Icy precipitation will continue until mid-morning for most of the Valley.  By noon, clouds will begin to clear and precipitation will cease.  Temperatures will still be chilly, with highs in the lower-t0-mid 40s.  Winds will still be gusty out of the north at 16-21 mph, with much higher gusts. By Friday afternoon, the winds will calm down significantly.  Friday night will be cold; lows will be in the mid-to-upper 20s.  Hard Freeze Warnings and Wind Chill Warnings will be likely.

(2/5/2011): Saturday, things will warm up with mostly sunny skies.  High temperatures will reach the lower-to-mid 60s! Winds will be switching out of the south and southeast at 4-9 mph.  Saturday night will be chilly, with lows in the lower-to-mid 40s.  Skies will be mostly clear with winds out of the south-southeast at  5-10 mph.

(2/6/2011): By Sunday, temperatures will be close to normal.  Mostly sunny skies will allow  high temperatures to be in the lower-to-mid 70s.  Winds will be out of the southeast, switching to the north-northwest by Sunday night.  Sunday night will be mostly cloudy with lows in the 50s.

Edinburg’s 3-day Forecast

(2/4/2011): 42/26…Cloudy..then clearing by noon…30% chance of winter precip. (morning)…Winds N at 16-21 mph, G30 mph…then calming down to 8-13 mph.
(2/5/2011): 63/27…Mostly sunny…Winds N to SE at 5-10 mph
(2/6/2011): 76/44…Mostly sunny…Winds S then switching to NNW at 5-10 mph.

 

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