ABILENE, Texas -

Happy Friday folks! The winter weather of several days ago is now in the rearview mirror and we continue to track a much warmer weather pattern into the middle parts of next week.


Today we have gorgeous conditions in the forecast as high temperatures are expected to reach into the lower 60s by afternoon under mostly sunny skies. Southerly winds will flow in between 10 and 15 mph.


Tonight clear skies take us into the early morning hours of Saturday. Clouds will increase by daybreak with low temperatures remaining milder than previous overnights in the lower 40s.


High clouds are in the forecast for our weekend but we will get some sunshine powering through at various intervals. Let’s call it partly sunny on average and expect temperatures in the lower 60s on Saturday and the middle 60s on Sunday. Rain chances will be minimal.


Our warm-up starts to intensify as our work week gets underway on Monday. Highs will peak in the mid to upper 60s on Monday afternoon under expansive sunshine.


Southwesterly winds will begin to crank ahead of developing low pressure in the Rockies on Tuesday and Wednesday and this looks to drive the mercury well into the 70s for our region. Partly cloudy skies are predicted for this mid-week period.


Later next week, the specifics of which are not set in stone just yet, we will be tracking a cold front approaching West Texas. This will effectively end our warm spell and chances for showers and thundershowers increase at that point. Depending on just how much cold air gets brought southward behind the front, we may get downright cold in the days that follow.


We will be tracking the developments of this storm in the coming days.