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Anthony Domol: AM fog south, PM rapid warming

By Anthony Domol, adomol@ktxs.com
Published On: Feb 19 2014 07:52:49 AM CST
Anthony Domol
ABILENE, Texas -

Good Morning everyone! Areas of dense fog are being seen in the southern half of our viewing area this morning. Low clouds and fog begin to clear out by late morning giving way to sunshine and rapidly rising temperatures.

Another very warm and well above normal afternoon is expected today. Look for sunshine and high clouds and the mercury pushing into the lower and middle 80s by later this afternoon. South winds will blow from 10-15mph with some gusts even higher.

A few clouds will be around for the overnight hours tonight as lows stay very mild in the middle 50s. Breezy south winds are predicted through the night from 15-25mph gusting as high as 30 at times.

A cold front will sweep through West Texas in the early morning hours of Thursday turning winds northerly and keeping them cranking through the day from 15-25 gusting to 35mph. Highs will be held in the lower to middle 60s.

A fire weather watch is in effect for Thursday for most of West Texas due to low relative humidity values coupled with windy conditions and dry vegetation. A red flag warning may be issued later today.

Thursday night looks very cool as lows drop down into the lower to middle 30s.

Sunshine through increasing high clouds is in the forecast for Friday with the thermometer checking in around 70 degrees.

Over the weekend dry weather is to continue with sunshine and periods of clouds. Saturday turns out partly sunny while Sunday should see an increase in cloudiness throughout the day. Highs for the first half of the weekend will be mild in the lower 70s while Sunday only gets into the middle 60s.

A small chance does exist for a few scattered rain showers as we get into the first days of next week. Mostly cloudy skies will be common for both Monday and Tuesday. Monday should reach the upper 60s. Tuesday appears a bit cooler in the middle 50s.

A large temperature difference will develop from Texas north into the Central Plains late this weekend into next week as arctic air begins to invade the weather pattern across the central and eastern United States once again.

At this point, computer models are indicating the coldest air staying just off to our north, but any fluctuation in the jet stream could drive colder air southward and change our temperature forecast drastically into early next week. We will be following this closely in the days ahead.