It’s a chilly start to your Monday morning. Temperatures across the area are in the 20’s and 30’s. Wind chill readings are in the teens and 20’s for most locations. Skies are clear and the winds are less than 10mph in most areas.
Sunny skies will continue to prevail this afternoon, allowing temperatures to climb back into the upper 50’s and lower 60’s. Winds will be out of the southeast at 5-10mph.
Breezy winds are expected on Tuesday. Highs will be in the upper 60’s to even lower 70’s. Skies will be sunny. With the stronger winds expected and a dry air mass in place at the lower levels, fire danger is expected to be elevated.
Southwesterly winds will be in place on Wednesday. These southwest winds will travel downslope from the higher terrain in West Texas. The downsloping wind will kick temperatures up, well above normal for this time of year. Highs will reach the mid to upper 70’s across the region during the afternoon hours of Wednesday. While the winds will be gusty, I don’t think they will be strong enough to loft dust into the air.
A cold front will arrive in West Texas on Thursday morning. The coldest air associated with this front will stay north of our area but there will still be some noticeable cooling, especially considering the warmth on Wednesday. Temperatures will likely start in the 30’s or even 40’s ahead of the front’s arrival, which is expected shortly after sunrise.
Temperatures will warm some during the day but will only make it into the mid to upper 50’s. Rapid cooling is expected on Thursday, which will drop the low into the upper 20’s to lower 30’s by Friday morning.
Highs on Friday will again be a bit cooler. Look for daytime highs in the mid 50’s.
A warm up is expected on Saturday, ahead of the next front, which will drop into the area on Sunday. This will put the brakes on any heating Sunday and will bring a colder start to next week.
All of the fronts this week are expected to come through dry. There appears to be little hope for appreciable rainfall in the near future.