First Strong Fall Cold Front Arrives Monday

9:00 AM CDT | October 8, 2017

Another hot, dry day is in store for Texans, but BIG changes are on the way! Our first strong autumn cold front will push through the state on Monday. Storm chances will be limited during the day due to capping, but a few storms may fire as it pushes into the I-35 corridor of North Texas late Monday afternoon. The environment will be supportive of Severe Weather in the warm sector, but the threat will likely be limited because of (1) the capping and (2) the tendency for storms to be undercut by the cold front. The better chance for Severe Storms capable of Quarter to Half Dollar-size Hail and Damaging Winds will be north of the Red River, closer to the main system. Widely scattered showers and storms are anticipated Monday evening near the cold front, but this activity will fall apart late Monday night.

Much colder and drier air will filter into the state behind the front. Frosts and Freezes are expected for parts of the Texas Panhandle and West Texas Monday night/early Tuesday morning. Fall-like weather will continue through Wednesday for most of the state before temperatures moderate and climb above average. This is all part of our new, developing weather pattern. The cycle length will become evident by late November or early December. Once the cycle length is determined, we can project when Texas will see more active periods of weather. The "winter version" of this part of the cycle could prove interesting in terms of winter weather for the Plains. Anyway, we have plenty to watch over the next several weeks. You can get the latest on the blog and Facebook page. Also, do not forget to check out our new app on Google Play!