KTXS Forecast: End of the cold is in sight

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ABILENE, Texas - It was another below freezing day in the Big Country. Abilene started the day with a temperature of 9 - the coldest start of to a new year since 1927. We're expected to stay below freezing through Wednesday morning. 

Dry air blowing in Sunday night combined with sunshine Monday morning took care of much of the ice in the Big Country. Some icy patches are still possible in shaded, covered areas. 

Tuesday, we will begin the day in the low teens with mostly clear skies. Winds will be light so wind chills will be close to actual air temperatures. Into the afternoon, sunshine will remain across the area and reach the areas that didn't get to see the sun on Monday. Highs will be in the low 30s, mainly staying below freezing. Tuesday night, winds will turn to the west at 5 to 10 mph. Temperatures will drop to the teens once again. 

West winds on Wednesday will bring in dry, warm air and help our temperatures get above freezing for the first time since before the weekend. Highs are expected to be in the upper 40s to low 50s under partly cloudy skies. A weak front will move through later in the day, only shifting our winds to the north at 5 to 10 mph. No rain or frigid temperatures are expected with this front. Into the evening, temperatures will drop into the upper teens to low 20s. 

Thursday, expect a similar day to Wednesday. Temperatures will be just a few degrees cooler than the day before. Winds will turn back to the southeast at 10 mph. Temperatures are expected to fall below freezing one last night for the week. 

Friday and into the beginning part of next week, expect a warming trend with temperatures climbing into the 60s by the weekend. 

Happy New Year! -MM-

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