Warm Temps And Isolated T-Storms Today 4/16/13
Tuesday Morning Weather Update
Greg Morgan – Chief Meteorologist
Expect another round of warm temperatures today across West Texas. Highs will range from the mid 80’s in the northern parts of the Permian Basin, to the mid 90’s in the west. Winds, cloud cover and dew point temperatures will play a key roll in the high temperatures today and also the threat of thunderstorms.
An area of surface low pressure will set up southeast of Lubbock this afternoon. A cold front will stretch into the northern Permian Basin and a dryline will sharpen from the surface low southward across the Permian Basin to near Fort Stockton. Thunderstorms will initiate along the dryline late in the afternoon and continue into the evening. Some storms will be capable of producing large hail, highs winds and even isolated tornadoes. The greatest threat of severe weather will reside just east of our viewing area near Sweetwater and Abilene.
Warm temperatures are again in the offing for tomorrow as a cold front approaches the area allowing pre-frontal warming to commence. Highs will be similar to those expected today.
A cold front will move into the area on Wednesday night. This will effectively bring the temperatures down into the 40’s by Thursday morning. Highs will struggle to get out of the 50’s on Thursday afternoon despite plentiful sunshine.
Temperatures will plunge into the 30’s on Thursday night and Friday morning. The possibility of a light freeze in the northern parts of the area exists. Highs will warm into the mid 60’s on Friday afternoon.
A warming trend is expected over the weekend. Look for highs in the 70’s and 80’s on Saturday and Sunday.