Andy Kirkland, coordinator with Wharton County’s Emergency Management, said in an email to various media outlets that it looks like the groundhog and mother nature are going to pitch a fit this week, taking residents back to winter for a couple of days midweek before returning to spring like temperatures by the weekend. 

“We can expect frontal passage between 4 to 7 a.m. Wednesday morning, with Wednesday’s high temperature around 62 degrees at 1 a.m. Wednesday, dropping to near 47 degrees by noon, 42 degrees by 4 p.m., and reaching near 35 degrees by 6 a.m. Thursday,” he said. “Thursday will warm back into the 50s, dropping into the low 40s Thursday night before bouncing back into the 70s on Friday and Saturday.” 

Rainfall chances increase early Wednesday morning right after midnight to near 60% dropping back to 20% by noon Wednesday. At this time the risk for severe weather does not appear to be very high for our area, Kirkland said.

On Friday, Jan. 31, Kirkland said KBDI value for Wharton County was 309 (51-484). 

He said there was no burn ban in effect as a result of dry conditions. 

However, the winds were likely to keep officials monitoring the gusts closer, so there was the likelihood of a ban for a day or two.


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