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Mild Thursday; strong cold front arrives Friday

Temperatures will dip into upper 20s over weekend

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SAN ANTONIO – A cold front that blew through the region Wednesday night has kept temperatures in the upper 40s to low 50s for much of the area Thursday afternoon. That is a far cry from the above-normal temperatures that we observed on Tuesday, with highs near 80.

Thursday night, some high clouds will remain in place and it will be chilly, so have the jacket handy.  Overnight lows will dip into the low- to mid-40s, while the Hill Country will start in the mid- to upper-30s.

The boundary that brought us this cooler weather will retreat back to the north on Thursday as a warm front and shoot our high temperatures back to near 70 degrees in the afternoon. 

Then our roller-coaster ride in temperatures take a big dip, as a strong push of cold air comes in by Friday morning with breezy conditions and temperatures in the lower 30s. 

Overcast skies and intermittent drizzle will take over by Friday afternoon, as highs will struggle to get out of the upper 30s to lower 40s. Wind chill readings will hover in the 20s all day long.

The clouds will quickly depart by Saturday and Sunday and it will be nice and sunny both days.  However, winds will be light in the morning and excellent radiational cooling will take place and dip temperatures into the 20s both mornings, which will lead to a hard freeze.  Be prepared to provide some shelter for outdoor pets and protect sensitive vegetation.

Early next week, we’ll see a return flow off the Gulf of Mexico and temperatures will begin to modify back into the upper 50s with mostly cloudy skies. Temperatures warm up even further by Tuesday and Wednesday with highs back near 70 under partly to mostly sunny skies. There are no big weather systems on the way that are big rain producers; most of the extended outlook remains dry, with the exception of this Friday.

Stay warm!