Southerly winds have kept us from dipping down to freezing at Midland International, but the same can't be said for everyone. The northern Permian Basin, SE New Mexico, and the upper Trans-Pecos are right around freezing, so some frost/ice on cars could still be an issue for some. We're also looking at plenty of fog this morning, and particularly dense fog in the western Permian Basin, Upper Trans Pecos, and SE New Mexico. Visibility is down to a quarter mile in some spots, so please be careful out on the roadways, and if you're driving in fog, make sure to use your headlights even after the sun comes up!
Today will warm nicely to around 60 degrees after the fog burns off as those southerly winds pick up to about 10-15 MPH this afternoon. We'll start to see increasing clouds as an upper level low begins to usher in some high clouds. We'll see some sun breaks, but expect a cloudy day for the most part.
Wednesday has been trending warmer and warmer, so we've upped the temperatures to near 70 degrees for our highs. Definitely won't be looking at frosty cars tomorrow as lows will bottom out in the upper 30s and lower 40s with those south winds maintaining their strength. We'll call it 69 tomorrow in Midland, with warmer temperatures possible across the Trans-Pecos and into our southern counties. We'll also see a spike in dew points Wednesday. This increase in moisture and a little bit of instability could spawn some weak thundershowers in our southern counties late Wednesday afternoon and into the evening.
Thursday is the day we’ve had our eyes on for a while, with the likelihood of strong winds increasing. The National Weather Service has already issued a High Wind Watch for Reeves, Culberson and Eddy Counties from Wednesday evening through Thursday morning. I wouldn’t be surprised to see more advisories or watches and possibly even some High Wind Warnings to come out from the National Weather Service in the next 24 to 36 hours, especially in the mountains. Highs will drop considerably on Thursday as the cold front passes, with only upper 40s to low 50s expected. Fortunately, we bounce right back to near 60 on Friday!