WEATHER OUTLOOK: It is cold in West Texas this morning! Some locations are colder than others. Low clouds developed overnight and acted as a blanket, trapping in what little heat we had from yesterday. Over the eastern and northern Permian Basin, the clouds weren’t as thick and as a result, temperatures were much colder in locations like Big Spring, Snyder and Seminole. Wind chill readings in Abilene this morning were below zero!
Warmer temperatures will begin to get underway today. Highs will climb into the neighborhood of 40 by the afternoon. That’s still pretty chilly but when compared with yesterday’s readings, it feels a bit better.
A weak disturbance will drift over the western and southwestern reach of the area tonight. The latest models do crank up a little frozen mix over Presidio County. While I’m not sold on this, it certainly is possible. However, the air mass behind our latest cold front is so dry, that little impact is expected and most of the precipitation that falls will evaporate before reaching the ground.
Much warmer conditions are on the horizon. However, we will have to contend with a cold start to the day on both Thursday and Friday morning. Expect lows in the 20’s both days. Highs will reach into the lower 50’s on Thursday, as southwesterly winds begin to develop.
Stronger southwest winds are expected on Friday and Saturday. This will help push high temperatures well above normal. Expect highs in the upper 60’s and even lower 70’s. Winds will become breezy late Saturday, ahead of an approaching cold front.
The front will slam into the area on Sunday, bringing strong north winds to the region and likely some more blowing dust. The parent storm associated with the cold front will be too far north to aid in the development of precipitation. A few storms will likely develop over the Texas Hill Country, where better surface moisture resides.
Colder temperatures are expected behind the front on Sunday. However, it will not be as cold as our recent snap of arctic air. The air behind the front this weekend will have more Pacific influence and will not be a true arctic front, so only expect highs to fall off into the 50’s on Sunday and Monday.