Houston, we're in for a major pattern shift that will usher in the coldest day time highs so far this season along with the possibility of a widespread, long duration rain event next weekend. But first, the prospects of severe weather on Monday.

The Storm Prediction Center has placed areas basically along and east of I-45 under a "Slight Risk" of severe weather on Monday for the possibility of damaging straight-line winds and isolated tornadoes.

A slight risk still represents an elevated risk of severe weather for our region so don't be surprised to see gusty winds and torrential downpours in your neighborhoods -- although areas south and southwest of Houston may be left high and dry thanks to dry air in the atmosphere.

The main threat will be east and northeast of Houston. As seen in the image above from yours truly, the 'Enhanced Area' over Louisiana represents even a higher risk of severe weather than what we're facing here in Houston.