A Strong Cold Front Today 5/1/13
Wednesday Morning Weather Update
Greg Morgan – Chief Meteorologist
Big changes are in the offing over the next 24 hours! A hot day will transition to a cold night and a major wind event is in store for the area.
Highs today will top out in the mid to upper 90’s for most. A few locations could even see triple digits. Winds will increase through the afternoon and shift to the northwest by this afternoon.
A strong, late season cold front will arrive in the Permian Basin this afternoon and evening. Winds will continue to shift to the north and increase into the overnight hours. Wind speeds of 30-40mph with gusts to around 55mph are expected after midnight. These strong winds will likely continue through lunchtime on Thursday.
Showers and thunderstorms will likely develop along the front. The best chance of rain will be in the eastern Permian Basin and Western Low Rolling Plains.
Much colder air will spill into the region as the front passes through the region. Look for overnight lows in the upper 30’s to around 40.
Mostly cloudy skies are expected through the first half of the day on Thursday. The clouds, combined with the colder air moving in will lead to a very cool afternoon. Highs will only reach into the upper 40’s to around 50.
Skies will clear and winds will calm down on Thursday night. This combination will allow for fantastic cooling conditions and record low temperatures are possible for some on Friday morning. Look for official temperatures at Midland Intl. Airport to drop to around freezing.
A warming trend is expected over the weekend.