STRONG WINDS: Critical Fire Danger Today

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Strong west winds will bring elevated fire danger to the Permian Basin and critical fire danger to the western half of the area today. Expect west winds 15-25mph with a few gusts to around 30mph in the Permian Basin. Further west, winds will be 25-35mph with gusts to 50mph in the Davis and Guadalupe Mountains and the adjacent plains, including western Reeves and Pecos Counties.
Highs will be in the 70’s this afternoon, thanks to the westerly downslope winds.

Even warmer temperatures are expected on Saturday but without the big influx in wind speeds. Look for southeast winds 5-15mph on Saturday. Highs will still reach into the mid and maybe even upper 70’s.

An upper level storm system will approach the area on Sunday. This will bring an increase in cloud cover to the region. However, rain chances may be confined to the eastern 1/3 of the area. It appears that a fairly strong line of storms will develop to our east on Sunday night and move into the DFW area on Monday morning.

Dry, warm and sunny conditions are expected on Tuesday and Wednesday of next week.