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Anthony Domol: Tracking fire weather concerns for Friday

By Anthony Domol, adomol@ktxs.com
Published On: Feb 28 2014 08:15:53 AM CST
Anthony Domol
ABILENE, Texas -

Good Friday morning! It’s a very breezy start across the Abilene area and a milder one also. Readings are in the middle and upper 40s early on and will be headed for the lower 80s this afternoon under sunny skies.

A Red Flag Warning is in effect for most of West Texas starting at 11AM and going until 5PM. We are forecasting west winds to blow from 15-25 gusting as high as 35mph.

Tonight clear conditions will be the rule with subsiding winds into the overnight. Look for lows in the upper 40s.

Saturday should be the warmest day of the week with the mercury soaring into the middle 80s. Winds will be southerly at 10-15mph.

Increasing clouds are expected late Saturday night with a chance for scattered showers after midnight particularly in our eastern counties. The temperature forecast for early Sunday morning becomes a bit complicated as a cold front looks to plunge southward into West Texas.

Latest model guidance supports a stronger and quicker surge of colder air into our region behind a strengthening winter storm developing just off to our east and on target to slam the Ohio Valley and Northeast.

Expect high temperatures on Sunday to be very early in the morning and to drop quickly during the late morning and afternoon hours. Readings may, in fact, be as cold as freezing as we go along. If, indeed, this faster movement of the cold front and colder trend is confirmed, then a period of freezing drizzle can occur behind the passage of the front mainly in eastern sections closer to any remaining moisture.

A cold overnight is in the works for Sunday night as the mercury plummets to around 20 degrees. Variably cloudy skies are predicted.

Partly sunny and cold weather will be the story for Monday. Highs struggle to reach the lower 40s.

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday see a mix of sun and clouds and also see the thermometer make progress.

Upper 40s are in the forecast for Tuesday, while mid to upper 50s will be back on Wednesday. Warmer air streams in on Thursday and pushes temps into the upper 60s.