Dangerously cold temperatures and wind chills are expected for much of the week as the result of a cold front coming tomorrow, according to the National Weather Service in Brownsville.
A strong Artic cold front will move through the Rio Grande Valley Tuesday. In the wake of this passage, temperatures are expected to peak Tuesday morning with temperatures in the mid 60s before steadily falling throughout the rest of the day.
The NWS reports overnight lows bottoming out in the upper 20s to lower 30s across the northern Ranchlands, temperatures in the lower to mid 30s across the lower Rio Grande Valley and the coastline facing temperatures in the mid to upper 30s.
Temperatures will not warm up much on Wednesday with highs struggling to reach the mid to upper 30s, the NWS states. Overnight lows for Wednesday night will drop down once again with temperatures ranging from the lower 30s across the Ranchlands, mid 30s across the Valley and the upper 30s to lower 40s at the coast.
The combination of the cold temperatures and the persistent northerly surface winds will produce dangerously low wind chill values in the teens and 20s Tuesday night through sunrise Wednesday. The cold northerly winds will diminish Wednesday night, which will allow the wind chill values to slowly increase to the upper 20 and lower 30s throughout Thursday morning.
Residents are urged to make preparations for the cold front by bundling up, bringing their outdoor pets into the indoors and protecting their pipes and plants.