ABILENE, Texas -

Early this morning we are tracking a strong cold front into West Texas which will hold temperatures in the middle 40s throughout Tuesday afternoon. This will be about 20-25 degrees below normal!

Some drizzle and / or a brief widely scattered light shower will be possible during the morning hours as the frontal boundary rolls through the region, but the big story today will be the turn to much cooler air. Sunshine breaks out this afternoon. Winds will be very breezy from the north at 15-25mph with higher gusts.

Tonight mainly clear skies with diminishing winds will set the stage for temperatures to fall quickly into the overnight. Readings are projected to tumble into the mid 20s across the entire viewing area.

Wednesday looks to bring lots of sunshine and temperatures will respond into the lower to mid 50s by afternoon. This is still well below the seasonal normals in the upper 60s.

Even with all this cold weather in the first part of the forecast period, a warming trend is expected to get underway into the latter half of the week.

Partly cloudy skies are in the forecast for Thursday with a slight chance for a shower in the afternoon and evening hours. Highs will remain cool in the mid to upper 50s.

On Friday it appears we will see a substantial warmup as the mercury heads into the upper 60s to near 70 degrees with partly sunny conditions. A shower is possible later Friday into Saturday but widespread heavy rainfall does not seem likely at this time.

A warm weekend in the lower to mid 70s seems a good bet before another very strong cold front plows southward early next week.