Good morning and happy Monday! Hope everyone got to relax, watch some football, and enjoy some of the sunshine yesterday as it made its return to West Texas. The work week starts off cold yet again as cool northerly winds persist for the final time. Give some extra time for your car to warm up this morning as frost and some patchy fog/freezing fog is still hanging around our area. Highs today should rebound nicely as the winds remain light and switch around to the west or southwest by afternoon. This is all part of a nice warming trend to start the work week after a few days of very chilly temperatures. Highs this afternoon will get into the mid to even upper 50s with plenty of sunshine.
Tuesday will see a mix of sun and clouds with winds a touch stronger than they are today. Highs will top out right around 60 degrees, and thankfully morning low temperatures should remain above freezing, but still chilly in the mid 30s.
Wednesday looks to be the peak of the warm weather before things change on Thursday with low to mid 60s possible around the Permian Basin. Lows will be on either side of 40 to start your day. In the afternoon, some spots, especially south and east of Midland, could flirt with 70 degrees. Skies will be partly to mostly cloudy to start the day, but should give way to some clearing in the afternoon. West winds will pick up by lunchtime, ranging from 10-20 MPH across West Texas, and higher gusts possible, especially in the higher elevations. Something to keep an eye on is Wednesday afternoon as conditions could be warm and moist enough to support some weak thunderstorm activity for our southern counties. Brewster, Pecos, Terrell and Crockett Counties look to have the best shot at hearing some thunder, but nothing severe is expected.
Thursday brings with it some changes as a strong cold front drops into our area from the northwest. Models seem to agree the front will pass sometime early or mid-morning on Thursday, but the exact timing is still to be determined. The front looks to be dry, but some rain, especially to the north and east of Midland, can't be ruled out. The cold front will likely drop temperatures 10-15 degrees compared to Wednesday's highs. Thursday will be blustery, with winds picking up with and behind the cold front. Some blowing dust Thursday morning and afternoon can't be ruled out.
Fortunately, the cooler temperatures don’t last long, with highs rebounding nicely on Friday and another shot at 60 degrees by Saturday!