KTXS Forecast: First cold front of 2017 arrives today


ABILENE, Texas - Our first cold front of 2017 arrives today but cooler air will be slow to push southward. Another push of arctic air is expected on Thursday to keep colder air in place.

For today, we are tracking a cold front that will slowly move through the Big Country. This will bring a range of temperatures across the area. Along and north of I-20, upper 40s to middle 50s are forecast with mid-60s across our southern areas. We should also have partly cloudy to mostly sunny skies with west winds becoming northerly behind the front at 5 to 15 mph.

A cold night is expected with lows dropping into the upper 20s to lower 30s. A few mid-20s cannot be ruled out. Mostly cloudy skies should build in through the night and set in around sunrise Wednesday. Winds become northeasterly at 5 to 10 mph.

Cloud cover on Wednesday morning will slowly break down through the day as we should have mostly sunny skies in the afternoon. High temperatures will remain cool temps peak in the 40s.

On Thursday, another shot of arctic air will help reinforce the colder air that will still be in place and even drop temperatures some. Partly cloudy skies are forecast with high temps in the upper 30s to lower 40s across the Big Country.

Mostly cloudy skies along with north winds staying persistent will keep high temperatures on Friday in the 30s again. Some drizzle will be possible.

A few flurries may fly around on Friday night into Saturday morning across our northern most counties. No accumulation is expected but some accumulation will be possible across the Texas Panhandle near Amarillo. Overnight lows will drop into the upper teens and lower 20s.

At this time, forecast guidance continues to suggest colder air will remain locked in place on Saturday as well. High temperatures are expected to top out once again in the upper 30s and lower 40s despite mostly sunny skies returning.

By Sunday, mid-40s and sunshine are forecast with possible 60s next Monday.

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