Severe thunderstorms, blast of cold air coming to Houston

The Houston area is in line for strong thunderstorms, hail and heavy rain Monday.

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The Houston area is in line for severe thunderstorms, hail and heavy rain Monday. 

The Houston area is in line for severe thunderstorms, hail and heavy rain Monday. 

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The Houston area will see a line of potentially severe thunderstorms along with hail and heavy rain, before cold air sweeps in for some of the coldest temperatures of the season, according to experts at Space City Weather and the National Weather Service's Houston and Galveston Office. 

After a chilly start to the day with temperatures in the 40s and 50s across the Bayou City, most of the area should expect to hit the mid-60s by the early afternoon. According to Space City Weather's Eric Berger, these are some of the highest temperatures Houstonians should expect this week. 

An incoming warm front near the southeast Texas coast is expected to generate showers and thunderstorms starting late morning or early afternoon, according to the National Weather Service. 

The heaviest rainfall is expected along the coast, where anywhere from one to two inches may fall. Rainfall amounts should decline further inland, according to Berger. 

ABC 13 forecast that Monday's storms could drop quarter-inch-sized hail on a wide swath of the city and surrounding area and bring wind gusts up to 60 mph in isolated parts of the Bay Area near Galveston. The system could also bring tornados to isolated regions off the coast, with the greatest risk between Bay City and Galveston.  

Monday's daytime disturbances should resolve into a dry evening with temperatures dipping into the low to mid-40s, some of the coldest the Houston area will see all winter, according to Space City Weather. The cold snap should continue through Tuesday night, with some areas north of Houston even at risk of a freeze. Unseasonably cold conditions should persist throughout the rest of the week, Space City Weather predicted. 

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