KTXS Forecast: More Arctic air on the way


ABILENE, Texas - Temperatures will remain cold over the next few days as another bout of Arctic air arrives Thursday morning.

For today, look for cloudy skies during the morning hours then gradual clearing as we head into the afternoon. High temperatures should top out in the 40s with northeasterly winds at 5 to 10 mph becoming southerly by the evening.

Overnight, south-southwest winds should pick up and become breezy at 10 to 20 mph. That will cause overnight lows to not get as cold but still chilly as we bottom out in the middle to upper 30s. Partly cloudy skies are also expected.

On Thursday morning, another shot of Arctic air will begin moving into the Big Country. This will cause high temperatures to peak during the morning hours and range from the upper 30s to middle 40s south of I-20. By the afternoon, all readings should be in the 30s.

North winds will be blustery as well on Thursday with speeds ranging from 10 to 20 mph. That will cause wind chill values to be in the 20 to 30 degree range.

As we get into the early morning hours of Friday, before sunrise, we will be closely watching a weak piece of upper level energy moving across the Texas Panhandle and then along the Red River.

This track could cause for some light snowfall to be possible across our far most northern Big Country counties. Those counties include, King, Knox, Kent, Stonewall, Haskell, and Throckmorton counties.

At this time, NO significant accumulation is expected. However, a dusting on the ground cannot be ruled out.

To the south, a few flurries could be possible but no accumulation is expected.

I will say that these pieces of energy are difficult to track until about 12 to 6 hours out sometimes so make sure to check back in with the KTXS Storm Alert Team for the latest updates.

High temperatures will struggle to warm past the freeing mark during the day Friday with mostly cloudy skies.

Over the weekend, the ridge of high pressure that helped maintain the cold air flow from the north will shift east and southerly winds return across the area.

Sunny skies make a comeback by Saturday afternoon but temps top out in the upper 30s. By Sunday we should warm to the upper 40s and then to the upper 50s and even upper 60s for Monday and Tuesday of next week.