The average low temperatures for the Brazos Valley this time of year will become the high temperatures through the weekend and into next week as a couple of cold fronts move through the area.
"After several days of unseasonably hot weather, Southeast Texas will undergo a dramatic shift in fortune. A strong cold front will cross Southeast Texas early Friday and usher in some of the coldest temperatures so far this autumn," a special weather statement issued by the National Weather Service on Thursday stated, noting thick cloud cover and rain would limit daytime heating.
The first of the two cold fronts will be in place through the weekend, bringing with it high temperatures in the 50s and lows in the 40s.
"Temperatures aren't going to warm up too much [Friday], maybe stay in the 50s, and then Saturday morning lows will be in the 40s," National Weather Service meteorologist Scott Overpeck said.
Normally, College Station sees high temperatures in the mid-to-upper 70s through mid-November and lows in the 50s for that same time frame.
This particular cold front already has brought the first real snow of the season to the central United States, including Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri.
A second cold front is expected to move through College Station on Monday, pushing the temperatures even lower, with lows down into the 30s.
While the low temperatures will be colder than normal, there does not appear to be a threat of setting any record low temperatures. The majority of the record low temperatures in November are in the 20s and even one instance of 19 degrees on Nov. 29, 1976.
The current forecast shows the low temperatures Tuesday and Wednesday remaining in the mid-30s, Overpeck said, but it is not out of the realm of possibility for some people to see the first freeze of the season.
Even though it is too far out to say for sure, he said, the cold air mass that will move through the country into Texas early next week could shift, causing the low temperatures in the Brazos Valley to drop into the low 30s.
Thursday's special weather statement noted the air behind the second front is dry, which cools faster at night creating the possibility of freezing or, at least, near-freezing temperatures.
Overpeck suggested people keep an eye on the forecast and said there may be a need to move or cover vulnerable plants outside if the temperatures get to the low-30s.
There is a chance for light rain on and off through the weekend, but Thursday night was the best chance for heavy thunderstorms.