Jim Hogg Severe Watches & Warnings NOAA Weather Radio

Special Statement
Statement as of 1:56 PM CST on December 22, 2014

...Cold front to usher in strong and gusty winds Tuesday...

The strongest front of December surges through deep south Texas and the Rio Grande Valley Tuesday morning. Main impact with this front will be developing strong and gusty northwest winds. As the front passes between 9 am and noon...northwest winds increase between 20 to 25 mph with higher gusts. A strong jet stream in the mid layers of the atmosphere moves rapidly southeast traversing deep south Texas in the latter half of the afternoon and into Tuesday evening. Winds are anticipated to become stronger as this wind maximum moves overhead with an increase to 25 to 35 mph and gusts of 45-50 mph anticipated through the early evening hours. Sustained winds diminish a few hours after sunset however gusty periods of 30 to 40 mph are still expected to persist much of the overnight period. There is high confidence of a Wind Advisory being issued with lower confidence of a few hours of high wind gusts of 50 mph or greater. Christmas Holiday decorations will be blown around and possibly damaged due to the strong gusty winds. Residents may want to secure lose objects lawn furniture and trash can as well as tie down any decorations that may the tendency to lose support.

For marine interest a gale watch is in effect for Tuesday morning through Tuesday night. Northwest winds to quickly increase as the front pushes offshore between 9 and noon. Sustained winds to approach 34 knots with gusts as high as 45 knots possible Tuesday afternoon and evening. Any vessels not secured to their moorings could be damaged as Bay waters become very rough Tuesday afternoon. Hazardous seas offshore to develop steadily building to 10 feet or greater by sunset and near 14 feet overnight. Strong offshore flow to persist into Wednesday with Small Craft Advisory conditions likely to follow any gale warnings that are issued.

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