Tracking colder air blowing in Thursday
ABILENE, Texas —
Strong west winds below into the western half of our area late Wednesday afternoon and evening. Thunderstorms accompanied this wind shift line and I believe they helped to create even stronger winds as they moved through.
The highest wind gusts reported in our area were 58 mph measured just north of Colorado City and near Roscoe. Winds gusted to 53 mph at Sweetwater Avenger Field, 45 mph at Dyess AFB, 43 mph at the San Angelo airport and 40 at Abilene Regional Airport. The winds died down fairly quickly as the storms moved northeast out of our area and we moved later into the evening hours.
Look for partly cloudy skies with southwest winds around 20 for the rest of Wednesday night. Low temperatures Thursday morning should be in the 40s.
Cloudy skies are expected over our area to start the day Thursday. Light rain showers will be possible - especially in the Concho Valley - as a strong cold front blows through our area before noon. Clearing skies are forecast from northwest to southeast during the afternoon. Watch out from strong north winds around 30 mph with higher gusts possible. A Wind Advisory is in effect for most of our area Thursday. High temperatures will likely stay in the 40s for most of our area Thursday.
There is a chance for light amounts of snow to fall just northeast of our area Thursday afternoon. However, we are not expecting wintry weather in our area Thursday. In contrast, we look to be dry Thursday afternoon through the weekend.
Clear skies and a hard freeze are forecast for Thursday night. Low temperatures Friday morning should be in the in the middle to upper 20s. Sunny skies and light winds are back for Friday and high temperatures should warm into the middle 50s.
Even colder air is forecast to filter into our area Saturday morning and keep us with generally below normal temperatures through Sunday.
Fair skies are expected for Saturday and Sunday. Lows Saturday should be in the middle 20s and around 20 Sunday morning. High temperatures should be in the lower 40s Saturday and in the lower 50s Sunday.
MLK Day Monday is expected to be partly cloudy with lows around freezing and highs in the middle 50s.