Good Monday morning folks! Many areas north of I-20 got blasted with ice and snow early yesterday. These locations will be experiencing very icy and snow-covered roadways on this Monday. Let’s take special care as we move around town today.
Early today under cloudy skies we have seen a pattern of freezing fog and freezing drizzle develop over the eastern quadrant of our viewing area, say from around Abilene and points east. Eventually we move temperatures above freezing by afternoon with continued cloud cover. Look for highs in the upper 30s to near 40 degrees.
The heavy snowpack in our northern counties will keep readings in the lower 30s this afternoon. Any peaks of sun we can squeeze out will go a long way in helping to melt ice on roadways. Winds will be from the east at 5-10mph.
Tonight overcast conditions will persist as a new disturbance approaches from the west. This time we are not anticipating widespread heavy precipitation, but a few scattered showers will be possible as we approach midnight and into the first hours of Tuesday. With readings near freezing, it cannot be ruled out that a brief wintry mix occurs especially in northern sections. Lows bottom out in the upper 20s to lower 30s.
Any wetness quickly moves north and east of us Tuesday morning yielding to partly cloudy skies by late morning. A brief warm-up is expected for the afternoon with highs surging into the lower to middle 50s. Temperatures will once again be a bit cooler in our northern counties where the snowpack exists.
Tuesday night we are partly cloudy with the mercury sinking into the lower 20s behind a new cold front which is scheduled to arrive by late evening.
Wednesday sees a good deal of cloudiness with peaks of sun likely throughout the day. The thermometer only reaches to around 30 degrees. Breezy north winds from 15-20mph will put wind chills in the teens and lower 20s across West Texas.
Thursday we remain gloomy with cloudy skies expected and cold temperatures in the middle and upper 20s. A pattern of light snow, mixed sleet, and light freezing rain may try to develop in the morning hours as warm air rides up and over our unseasonably cold air mass at the surface. At this point, precipitation should be on the light side. North winds will remind us it’s the winter season as they blow at 10-15mph.
The wintry mix prospects continue into Thursday night before warmer air wins the battle temporarily into Friday and temperatures warm into the lower 40s by day’s end. A general mostly cloudy sky should persist through the day.
Taking an early look at next weekend, another cold front may sweep through early Saturday morning and keep us chilly in the upper 30s under mostly cloudy skies. A slight chance exists for another spell of wintry weather to develop in the early morning as another impulse closes in on us from the west.
Sunday we finally break out in full sunshine as temperatures begin to recover, but still remain below normal in the lower 40s.