Gale watch in effect next two days

Kathryn Cargo By Kathryn Cargo

Dec. 5, 2017 at 8:21 a.m.
Updated Dec. 5, 2017 at 4:56 p.m.

Updated at 4:50 p.m. Tuesday

Strong offshore flow tonight will continue to strengthen through Wednesday.

Frequent gale force gusts are expected Wednesday and continuing into Thursday. Small Craft Advisories are also in effect for the Bays and waterways Tonight through Thursday.

In addition, a wintry mix of rain and wet snow will be possible early Friday morning, mostly across the Southern Coastal Bend westward into the Brush Country and Rio Grande Plains.(See graphic below) At this time, no accumulations are expected due to warm grounds. Any snow is expected to melt on contact.

Wind: North 20 to 25 knots tonight increasing to 25 to 30 knots with frequent gusts 35 to 40 knots Wednesday through Thursday.

Seas/Bays: Seas building to 7 to 10 feet over the nearshore waters and 10 to 14 feet over the offshore waters. Bays becoming very rough.

Impacts: Operating a vessel in gale conditions requires experience and properly equipped vessels. It is highly recommended that mariners without the proper experience seek safe harbor prior to the onset of gale conditions.

Precipitation: A mix of rain and wet snow early Friday morning. No accumulations expected.

A gale watch is in effect Wednesday through Thursday for the Middle Texas coastal waters. A Small Craft Advisory is also in effect for the Bays and Intracoastal Waters Tuesday night through Thursday. A wintry mix of rain and wet snow early Friday morning possible as well.

Original Story

Tuesday will have areas of fog in the morning. There will be a 70 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms with a high in the lower 70s, which will fall to the upper 50s in the afternoon. Light north winds will increase to 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.

Tuesday night will have a 60 percent chance of rain with a low in the mid-40s and a north 15 to 20 mph wind.

Wednesday will have an 80 percent chance of light rain with a high in the upper 50s and a north 20 to 25 mph wind decreasing to 15 to 20 in the afternoon.

Wednesday night will have an 80 percent chance of rain with a low in the upper 30s and a north 10 to 15 mph wind.


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