Mark Rowlett: Milder Thursday

ABILENE, Texas - We tracked isolated severe thunderstorms through our region Wednesday afternoon and evening.  Large hail and damaging wind gusts were the main dangers.

Mainly nickel to quarter size hail fell from a storm that moved from Aspermont to Throckmorton.  Wind gusts to 76 mph were reported near Haskell from this storm.

A different severe thunderstorm intensified just SW of Abilene and moved east across southern Abilene.  This storm brought wind gusts as high at 59 mph at the Abilene Regional Airport.  Quarter size hail was reported near Potosi with nickel size hail reported near Buffalo Gap Road and FM 707.  This storm quickly faded as it moved into central Callahan County.

We are now tracking a cold front that should move through our region before noon Thursday.  No rain is expected with this front.  However, temperatures should be noticeably milder Thursday with highs in the lower 80s.

Fair skies should continue Thursday night with lows in the middle 50s.  Sunny, windy and warm weather is expected for Friday with afternoon temperatures in the upper 80s.

We are tracking another risk for severe thunderstorms late Saturday afternoon and Saturday night.

Strong west winds and dry conditions should bring back elevated wildfire danger for Sunday.

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