KTXS Forecast: Tracking showers and thunderstorms for the weekend


ABILENE, Texas - Cool weather and light showers stay in the forecast through Saturday but strong system on Sunday will help sweep thunderstorms, a few strong, through the Big Country.

For today, look for cloudy skies with light passing showers from time to time. Rainfall amounts should remain below a quarter of inch. As for temperatures, readings will range from the middle 30s to lower 40s along and north of I-20. To the south of the interstate, readings could climb to the middle 40s to even mid-50s. Winds speeds should be light at 5 to 10 mph out of the northeast.

We are carefully watching for a small window of opportunity for the temperature profile across King, Knox, and Kent counties to hover right at freezing today and tonight. This could create a brief transition to freezing rain/drizzle. If this occurs, only elevated objects could attempt to accumulate a little glazing. That does include a slick spot or two popping up on bridges and overpasses. To the south, just a cold rain is expected.

Tonight, cloudy skies continue with the threat mentioned above still being possible. Otherwise, look for middle to upper 30s north of I-20 and lower to middle 40s south of the interstate. A northeast wind will remain in effect at 5 to 10 mph.

On Saturday, the cold front that stalled out across our southern counties will begin to lift back to the north as a warm front. Temperatures should get into the 50s with light shower chances again.

As we head into Sunday we will be tracking a strong low pressure system to our west that will move quickly to the northeast across Texas. A line of thunderstorms will sweep through the Big Country during the afternoon and evening hours.

A few of thunderstorms could be strong to severe. The main threat will be brief strong winds. Heavy rainfall and lightning will be likely. A threat that is low but still possible will be small hail.

Cloudy skies will be in effect on Sunday with high temperatures in the 60s and a south-southwest wind at 15 to 25 mph.

Rainfall estimates from Friday to Sunday night will range from 1/2" to 1 1/2". Locally higher amounts of 2 inches or more could be possible with a heavy down pour.

The weather pattern becomes more settled for the start of next week with partly cloudy to mostly sunny skies. High temperatures will be in the 60s on Monday. A weak front cools high temperatures into the 50s on Tuesday before 60s return Wednesday and Thursday.

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