ABILENE, Texas -

Today we start the week with very cold temperatures on this Monday morning in the upper teens and lower 20s under clearing skies.

Conditions will improve through the late morning and early afternoon hours as bright sunshine allows the mercury to warm into the upper 40s to near 50 degrees. West northwest winds will turn southerly late at 5-10mph.

Tonight clear and calm will be the words and set the stage for another very cold evening with lows in the middle 20s.

Tuesday and Wednesday (New Year’s Day) we expect beautiful West Texas early winter weather to return. Strong warming boosts temperatures to near 60 on Tuesday and into the lower to mid 60s for Wednesday. A general southerly breeze through this period will blow at 10-15mph with gusts a bit higher on Wednesday.

Those of you out and about for New Year’s Eve will experience cool readings falling into the 40s as the evening progresses. No weather concerns are predicted.

Wednesday afternoon and evening a cold front will sweep southward through the region and put a temporary halt to our mid-week warming trend. Look for sunshine and highs in the upper 40s to near 50 on Thursday afternoon.

Mostly sunny weather is projected for Friday with a return to warm southerly flow. Increasing southerly breezes will aid in a rapid recovery on the thermometer with highs back up near 60 degrees.

An early look at the weekend forecast reveals partly cloudy skies for Saturday. Even warmer temperatures back into the lower to middle 60s will likely come into the area via continued breezy south winds.

A very warm first half of the weekend will be followed by another cold front which appears on target to move in sometime during the Saturday afternoon to early Sunday morning timeframe. A cooler day is likely on Sunday with highs near 50 degrees.

As cold as it will be for a big portion of the United States this week, an even stronger arctic outbreak is looking more and more possible for the Central Plains and eastern United States just beyond this 7-day forecast period. Just how much cold air gets brought down into West Texas is still in question but this is something we will be keeping an eye on over the next several days.