ABILENE, Texas -

Another warming trend commences today across West Texas, albeit a two day warming trend. We expect highs on this Friday to be about 10-15 degrees warmer than what we saw on Thursday. The forecast is for all areas to make it into the mid to upper 50s by day’s end.

Mostly sunny skies are predicted with just a few highs clouds into the afternoon hours.

Southerly winds become very breezy through the day at 20-25 with gusts as high as 30 or 35mph.

Tonight some scattered clouds will move into our southern sections overnight. We will call it partly cloudy on average for the region with lows staying a bit milder near 40 degrees. Breezy south winds will continue.

Saturday will be even milder than Friday with forecasted highs in the lower and middle 60s. High clouds will stream into the area during the afternoon but some sunshine is still predicted. South winds keep cranking at 20-25mph.

A strong cold front will be moving southward through the Big Country late in the afternoon into the evening hours. Winds become blustery from the north behind the front and temperatures plummet into the lower and middle 20s by Sunday morning.

Expect a period of cloud cover behind the front leading into the early hours of Sunday. At this time no important precipitation is predicted, though a snow flurry cannot be ruled out across northern counties on the backside of a developing storm system in its formative stages but moving away from our region.

A chilly Sunday is in store even with plentiful sunshine. Readings very likely will be held in the middle 30s for daytime highs.

Monday morning a second surge of arctic air charges south into West Central Texas. Temperatures look to be held near or below freezing throughout the day.

Tuesday remains a bit chilly but winds will have turned southerly by then and the mercury responds into the lower and middle 40s. A good amount of sunshine early in the day will be countered by increasing clouds beyond the noon hour.

Clouds linger into Wednesday as temperatures respond further into the middle 50s. Moist flow from the Gulf of Mexico may trigger some wet weather but at this point the action should stay off into eastern portions of Texas.