The City of Kemah Emergency Management continues to monitor the possible weather developments making their way towards our region. As we continue to track these developments, now is a good time to review your significant weather event preparedness plans.
In addition to our Emergency Preparedness document for a quick overview of what you will need to be aware of during events like this, we also highly recommend visiting www.GCOEM.org to download the Galveston County Emergency and Disaster Guide. It is filled with tips and information to help you prepare.
The City of Kemah urges you to please stay abreast of weather developments by following local weather news reports for Galveston County. And observing communications from the US National Weather Service Houston-Galveston Texas for the latest information.
The National Weather Service has produced the following information:
Scattered showers and thunderstorms will develop Wednesday evening ahead of an approaching cold front with the potential for some of these storms to produce strong gusty winds.
Winds and seas will continue to build with increasing southerly winds and advisory conditions developing early Thursday morning. Cold front sweeps through the region Thursday morning and much cooler weather returns with strong northerly winds.
Strong to moderate southerly flow will dominate the weather tonight as an upper level storm system brings a cold front to the area Thursday morning. The strong to severe thunderstorm threat has shifted slightly further north out of Southeast Texas as of this time but stay tuned. Some showers Wednesday and Wednesday night should precede the cold front with the threat for thunderstorms increasing toward sunrise and throughout the morning on Thursday. Stronger storms with strong gusty winds may be possible north of Huntsville.
Much cooler weather in the wake of the front is expected. Wind chill readings Thursday night and early Friday should be in the 21-31 degree range as winds inland begin to gradually relax.
Dry weather Friday through Sunday with the chance of rain Monday and a weakening cold front that may not make it to the coast and probably lead to a wet and rainy early week.
Strong onshore flow expected to increase to 20-25 knots and gusty late Wednesday afternoon into the evening with building seas.
- Seas building to 5-9 feet
- Strong rip currents developing.
The cold front sweeps through and turns winds around to the north late Thursday with chaotic hazardous seas developing and near gale conditions of 20-30 knots with gusts near 40 knots.
- Chaotic seas 5-11 feet.
- Tide levels falling overnight Thursday may dip into low water conditions only briefly early Friday morning.
If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact the National Weather Service office at the phone numbers listed in the Resources section above.