Mostly Sunny And Warmer Today 2/18/14
Tuesday Weather Update
Greg Morgan Ė Chief Meteorologist
Mostly sunny skies and warm temperatures are expected across the region today. Highs will be in the 80ís and winds out of the south-southwest at 5-15mph. The one exception to the wind would be in the higher elevations of the Guadalupe Mountains, where wind speeds above 6000í will be a bit stronger.
An area of surface low pressure will strengthen over the Central Plains on Wednesday. This will force the pressure gradient to increase and induce strong westerly winds across West Texas. High temperatures will climb into the 80ís and even 90ís in response to the down-sloping winds. A marginal risk of wildfires appears to be warranted in the forecast for Wednesday, given the stronger forecasted winds and low relative humidity values across West Texas and Southeast New Mexico.
A cold front will drive south into the area on Thursday. This will keep the winds elevated across the region but will bring cooler temperatures. Expect a high in the 60ís on Thursday, with a strong north wind of at least 15-25mph. Some locations could see gusts above 30mph as the front moves through.
Temperatures will climb into the lower 70ís on Friday, making the end of the week forecast similar to what was experienced on Monday.
A second cold front (about as strong as Thursday) will move into the region on Saturday. This will send temperatures back into the 60ís. However, the winds donít appear to be quite as strong on Saturday.