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Anthony Domol: Tracking developing weekend rainfall

By Anthony Domol, adomol@ktxs.com
Published On: Oct 10 2013 09:12:59 AM CDT
Anthony Domol
ABILENE, Texas -

Early this morning we are tracking some low clouds moving northward through West Central Texas. Ultimately, though, a good deal of sunshine is expected into the afternoon hours with a high around 84 degrees. It is possible that a dry line shower or thundershower could approach far western communities like Jayton, Snyder, or Colorado City, but most of us should stay dry. Breezy southerly winds will blow from 15-20 with gusts to 25 mph.

Tonight mostly clear conditions are expected with some low clouds moving in towards daybreak once again. Lows will be in the middle 60s with breezy south winds from 15-20 mph.

Friday look for partly sunny skies with more clouds expected than on previous afternoons. A 10% risk for a dry line afternoon shower or thundershower does exist but wet weather will be the exception and not the rule on Friday. Highs look to be in the lower to mid 80s. Winds will be from the south at 15 mph with gusts a bit higher.

Friday night variably cloudy skies will take us into Saturday morning with a low around 65 degrees. South winds will be a bit less aggressive around 10 mph.

Saturday should turn out warm again for many of us with highs in the lower 80s. Chances for showers and thundershowers will escalate in the latter half of the afternoon and evening as moisture increases from the south. Southeastern areas like Brownwood, Coleman, and Eastland stand the best chance of seeing some wet weather before sections towards the north and west like Snyder and Aspermont. .

Later Saturday night, Sunday, and on into Monday appear to be the best time frame for more widespread showers and thundershowers to develop across West Central Texas. There is potential for some heavier downpours to occur locally. We will track this over the next day or so and have a better idea on the timing of substantial rainfall. Highs on Sunday will be held into the mid to upper 70s with increased cloud cover and showers.

Looking into next week, a decidedly cooler weather pattern is setting up over a big portion of the country. Blocking up near Greenland will force cooler than normal air southward into the United States. There is some question how far this cooler air will make it, but it seems reasonable at this time to believe that a cooler weather pattern is going to set up across West Central Texas for a few days anyhow.