Saturday PM Weather Update

We're not quite out of the woods yet with these cold temperatures, but tomorrow will see some improvement temperature-wise and possibly even in the way of sunshine. Tomorrow morning, temps will be around 30 degrees and even colder in our northern counties and in the higher elevations. Freezing fog could be an issue as dew points are forecast to stay in the upper 20s and low 30s. By tomorrow afternoon, we'll see partly to mostly sunny skies and temperatures near 50 around Midland and Odessa. Slightly warmer temps are expected into the Trans-Pecos and our southern counties could get into the 60s, especially around Presidio.

Monday will continue the warming trend with sunny skies and temps getting into the mid-upper 50s in the Permian Basin and maybe 60s to the south with light winds. Our higher elevations will see temps in the low-mid 50s. Overall, a very pleasant start to the work week across West Texas.

Tuesday into Wednesday we could warm up even more, well into the 60s with possibly 70s around the U.S.-Mexico border Wednesday afternoon. Winds will start to pick up a little bit each day.

The day to watch this week is Thursday as we could see another bout of blowing dust and strong winds as a cold front slides in from the northwest. It’s too early to tell specifics on wind values, but models seem to agree that the strongest winds we’ll see this week will be on Thursday. The models also are going back and forth on the strength of the temperature gradient behind the front. The timing of this front and how quickly temperatures fall behind the front could have big impacts on Thursday afternoon’s high and Friday morning’s low temperatures.

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