It was just about as perfect a day as you could ask for across West Texas today. The only slight detractor, of course, was the wind that is still racing through the Guadalupe Mountains and in Eddy County. The pass gusted to 58 MPH this afternoon, but we're expecting calming conditions overnight. In the Basin, temperatures have warmed to the mid 60s with plenty of sunshine and much calmer winds.
For Thanksgiving, expect the breeze to pick up a bit, but overall, some very warm and pleasant weather is headed our way with highs getting back to the mid to upper 70s. Warm weather fans, enjoy it, because some big changes arrive Friday morning.
Models have come into more agreement on an encouraging solution for West Texas. A strong cold front will arrive Friday morning, sending highs plunging into the 50s save for the Rio Grande. By Friday evening, models agree that a low pressure system will be to our west over the Arizona/New Mexico border. This is good for rain chances, particularly in our eastern counties. While we're not expecting a washout, a tenth of an inch or two will be possible in the eastern Basin. We'll also have to watch for some mixed precipitation in northern Lea County Saturday morning, but big impacts are not expected.
A cool weather pattern sets in as we head into December. By Monday, we could see widespread sub-freezing lows, stay tuned!