Heavy thunderstorms bring cold air to Houston area


Chief Meteorologist Tim Heller says 1-2" of needed rain fell in many Houston neighborhoods. There were several reports of pea and dime size hail and strong gusty winds.

Homeowner Sheny Griffin said she thought it was just a lightning strike nearby her home in Spring Branch. She said a prayer, looked outside and saw that her old oak had fallen. Luckily, it toppled away from her house and into the street, hurting no one.

In Kingwood, there was a similar close call. Mark Crosno was inside. The massive oak ricocheted off a pine tree and crushed only the fence.

"Grateful it didn't hit the house," he said.

Seconds earlier, the wind was howling.

"It felt like it was coming down at 50-60 miles per hour and felt like it was coming down as opposed to sideways," Crosno said.

More viewers documented their version of this spring storm in Richmond, where there was hail.

No injuries were reported during Monday's storms, but people who weren't prepared for it were caught off guard by the dramatic temperature drop. We fell quickly from the mid 70s early Monday morning into the upper 40s by afternoon.

Heller says it could be in the upper 30s by early Tuesday morning. Gusty winds will make it feel even cooler.

So grab a jacket if you're going out to view the total lunar eclipse. Totality begins at 2:06 AM and peaks at 2:45 AM. Astronomers says the moon will appear red as it passes into the Earth's shadow.

It will be cold again Wednesday morning with near record lows possible. But normal temperatures should return Easter weekend with a slight chance of rain.

We do have a slight chance of rain in the forecast for Easter Sunday.

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