Warm And Windy Today 2/19/14
Wednesday Weather Update
Greg Morgan – Chief Meteorologist
A warm and windy day is expected across much of the region. Even though moisture was plentiful across West Texas this morning, leading to patchy fog and areas of dew settling in, high fire danger is expected for much of West Texas and all of southeast New Mexico. Look for westerly winds at 20-30mph through the afternoon. Given the strong down slope component to the winds, highs will soar into the 80’s and even 90’s today. Skies will be partly cloudy.
The wind should back down a bit after sunset and continue to remain below 15mph through the overnight hours. However, a cold front will move into West Texas shortly after sunrise on Thursday morning. The pressure gradient near the frontal boundary looks quite impressive! I’d expect to see wind speed sustained in the neighborhood of 30mph with gusts above 40mph near the front. As the front moves south through the day, expect the winds to slowly decrease. Highs will top out in the lower to mid 60’s for most.
Temperatures will fall to around the freezing mark on Friday morning in the wake of Thursday’s front. However, despite a cold morning, sunny skies and a southerly shift to the winds will allow highs to climb back to around 70 on Friday afternoon.