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Will it snow? Are we really asking this question in late February? Yep.

A strong cold front swept across Houston last night and temperatures are only going to get cooler for the next few days.

By Tuesday or Tuesday night a feature known as a shortwave trough will approach the Houston region, forecasters say. This is a smallish front in the upper levels of the atmosphere (rather than at ground level). This trough should spark some form of precipitation on Tuesday.

For areas north of a Brenham-Livingston line it appears all but certain this will result in a lot of snow, perhaps 2 to 4 inches. The National Weather Service has accordingly issued a Winter Storm Watch.

Beyond that it’s a tricky forecast. Montgomery and Northwest Harris County may get accumulating snow as early as late Tuesday afternoon, and minor accumulations are possible as far south as Interstate 10 (If Katy is planning to evacuate, do not go northwest on 290).

If snow falls at Bush Intercontinental Airport this would be Houston’s second-latest snowfall ever, which would be amazing considering this winter already featured the city’s earliest ever snowfall.

A mixture of rain and snow is possible all the way to the coast. It’s safe to say the commute home Tuesday night will be a real mess, so plan accordingly.

The rest of the week will be cold, but gradually warming. There’s a chance of highs in the low- to mid-60s this weekend with mostly cloudy skies. If there’s sun, and the zoo is in your plans, get there before noon.

FUTURE

Houston looks really cold for the next 10 days, but after that temperatures should moderate. Here’s the outlook for next Saturday through Wednesday, March 3 from Commodity

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