Front to bring chance for rain tonight; more next week

BROWNSVILLE — The cold front that is arriving in South Texas today will drop temperatures more than 30 degrees this afternoon necessitating the need for a jacket and an umbrella, and is the precursor to a very cold front arriving next week.

The system is moving slowly across the Rio Grande Valley and by 3 p.m. the temperatures from Brownsville to McAllen will be in the low 50s.

There is an 80 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms today and a 30 to 40 percent chance of rain over the weekend. Temperatures during the day will stay in the mid to upper 60s and drop to the 40s and 50s overnight.

“The chilly weather will continue through Saturday, with less wind and a slight moderation Sunday and Monday before a full-on atmospheric front slams through Monday or Monday night,” said Barry Goldsmith, warning coordination meteorologist with the National Weather Service Brownsville.

Goldsmith says the front forecast for next week will bring the coldest mornings of the season to date with temperatures by Wednesday falling into the 30s to lower 40s with clear skies.

A gale watch is in effect until late tonight from the Rio Grande to Galveston Bay, creating rough seas, high waves and dangerous rip currents, so any plans for a day on the beach might possibly be changed.

Forecasters are reminding motorists who travel on Highway 48 and the Queen Isabella Memorial Causeway to be on the lookout for pelicans trying to land on the roads as the weather changes.

Of the biggest concern to rescuers is the area near the Carl “Joe” Gayman bridge, near the Bahia Grande, where volunteers and police may be on the scene to save any pelicans that are struck by vehicles.