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Temperatures moderate slowly with very dry Northerly breezes

Middle to lower 30s early Christmas morning
Polar Express cold front plunges temperatures to near freezing by Christmas morning
Posted at 3:13 PM, Dec 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-24 18:50:23-05

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Very cold Polar air swept into the Coastal Bend late last night on northerly winds gusting in excess of 40 mph, plunging temperatures into the lower 40s by daybreak today.

After a cool Christmas Eve and a near freezing Christmas morning, the Polar high moves east to bring a mild weekend with no precipitation. A weak upper level disturbance glides through South Texas on Saturday but generates only mid-level clouds and no rain.

Gusty southeasterly winds return through the weekend and into early next week ahead as a massive storm system gathering energy in the Inter-mountain West. As this powerful system emerges in the Central Plains, it will ingest copious amounts of Gulf moisture and bring isolated showers to the Coastal Bend Tuesday.

Scattered thunderstorms are expected Wednesday along a cold front in the moist, unstable atmosphere. Expect highs in the 60s and 70s, with lows in the 50s and 60s, cooling to the 40s Wednesday and Thursday.