A strong cold front reached Houston during the middle afternoon hours Nov. 11.
This is November's version of an arctic cold front. Therefore, this front looks to bring an extended period of colder-than-normal weather with Houston possibly getting its first freeze of the season the morning of Nov. 12. If that does occur, it would be the earliest fall freeze in Houston since 1999.
The cold front made it into northwestern counties around 2 p.m. and should make it into Houston around 4 p.m. The front should be near the coast by 6 p.m. This front will bring in cold air, gusty winds and a chance for scattered showers.
A wind advisory is in effect through 3 a.m. Nov. 12 for counties west of I-45. Wind speeds between 20-25 mph and gusts near 40 mph will be possible. More rain is expected to move in overnight into the morning of Nov. 12. A little bit of sleet could get mixed in with the rain, but no travel impacts are expected. The ground should still be much too warm for anything to stick.
Cold air will quickly filter in overnight Nov. 11 into Nov. 12. This should allow low temperatures to drop down into the low 30s, with the wind chill reaching the mid- to upper 20s. Temperatures should stay in the 40s throughout the day Nov. 12.
We could also be looking at near or below freezing temperatures the morning of Nov. 13, so it would not be a bad idea to prepare. Sensitive plants should be moved indoors.
Chilly temperatures should continue throughout much of the week before a slight warm up comes Nov. 15 into the weekend.