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Showers, then windy Thursday

By Mark Rowlett, mrowlett@ktxs.com
Published On: Feb 21 2013 11:07:31 PM CST
KTXS Chief Meteorologist, Mark Rowlett

ABILENE, Texas -

A cold front brought showers and thunderstorms to most of our region early Thursday morning.  A few lucky locations picked up about 3/4 of an inch of rain.  However, most reporting locations measured less than 2/10 of an inch.

A strong low pressure area on the northern end of the cold front then brought strong west winds to our region during the daylight hours Thursday.  Wind gusts were around 40 mph at most locations.  The highest wind gust was measured at Mathis Field in San Angelo with 51 mph.

The low pressure system is moving into the central U.S. and our winds are decreasing Thursday evening.  We are tracking a second cold front through our region Thursday night.  This front should not trigger any more precipitation, but it is bringing much colder air.

Low temperatures Friday morning should be at or below freezing over our region.  Look for temperatures in the middle 20s north of I-20, upper 20s around I-20 and and around 30 in the Concho Valley and Heartland.

Partly cloudy skies and a light north wind should help to keep high temperatures in the 50s Friday.  Another freeze is forecast for Saturday morning.

Warming temperatures are forecast for Saturday with sunny skies and light southwest winds.  Afternoon readings should be back up around 60.

We are tracking another cold front that should move through during the day Sunday.  Watch out for strong north winds Sunday afternoon.

Unfortunately, dry weather is likely through the weekend and for the rest of this month.