A winter storm could bring snow to the Lone Star State early next week. According to Matt Lanza’s Space City Weather forecast on Friday, Texas will experience “both rain and winter precipitation” on Tuesday.
The city of Bayou is not predicted to receive snow from the storm, but other areas of the state, such as North Texas and the West Texas Panhandle, may receive a dangerous amount of winter mix with snow.
“There’s a very reasonable chance that snow or ice could be an issue if you’re planning a trip to North Texas, Oklahoma or the Panhandles. This is especially true for Lubbock and Amarillo in Wichita Falls and Oklahoma,” Lanza said in Friday’s forecast.
Lanza also advised residents in the Dallas-Fort Worth and Abilene areas to expect snowy precipitation Tuesday and be prepared for it to hamper travel plans.
However, Lanza continued: “This could be a significant storm for areas of the state. Specific details are currently difficult to fill in.”
Even if the storm doesn’t deliver snow, it should hit Houston on Tuesday. According to Space City Weather, the Houston area “is likely to experience strong or severe thunderstorms on Tuesday, depending on the precise strength and trajectory of this system.”
In the days leading up to next week’s storm, Houstonians can enjoy a stretch of comparatively mild winter weather: Friday should give way to scattered showers and perhaps thunderstorms on Saturday. It should be mostly sunny on Sunday and Monday with highs in the 60s and lows in the high 30s to low 40s.
Other reports, winter storm
The Houston area may see destructive winds, likely tornadoes and snow Tuesday due to a winter storm expected to bring snow to areas of Texas.
Space City Weather’s Eric Berger predicted Monday morning that Tuesday will begin with sporadic showers and thunderstorms in the area as the system moves toward the Lone Star State. According to Berger, “The storm line is expected to push off the coast around 4-6 p.m. and reach regions like Katy around 1-3 p.m., with downtown around 2-4 p.m..”
Strong winds, particularly along the coast, where gusts can reach 40 to even 50 miles per hour, intermittent heavy, torrential rains, and the possibility of localized hail and possibly a tornado or two are the three things Berger said these storms are associated with will bring. The potential for severe weather Tuesday afternoon is highest in coastal areas near Brazoria and Galveston counties, Space City Weather said.
The storm line is forecast to bring 1 to 3 inches of cumulative rain to much of Houston and the surrounding area.