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Anthony Domol: Tracking Friday and Saturday rainfall

By Anthony Domol, adomol@ktxs.com
Published On: Dec 24 2013 08:02:24 PM CST
Updated On: Dec 19 2013 02:26:47 PM CST
Anthony Domol
ABILENE, Texas -

Good Thursday morning! So far this week we have seen absolutely wonderful weather conditions with temperatures extremely comfortable in the upper 60s and lower 70s. We do it again one more time today and watch the mercury climb into the middle 70s. Early morning cloud cover will give way to sunshine and breezy southerly winds coming into the area at 20-25mph and gusting even higher on occasion.

Tonight partly cloudy skies will become more of an overcast toward Friday morning. Lows look to bottom out in the upper 40s.

A cold front moves southward through the Big Country during the early hours of Friday and then is expected to stall south of the I-20 corridor. This means the northern half of our viewing area will see readings only reaching the upper 40s and lower 50s while southern sections on Friday remain mild in the middle 60s or even higher.

Clouds will be lowering and thickening through the morning and the latest indications are for some scattered showers to break out before the noon hour. Rain chances through Friday afternoon remain around 30% for all of us. The best area of rainfall will come in late night Friday into Saturday morning as an upper level disturbance rotates nearby the region.

Showers may be locally heavy later Friday night and on into Saturday morning. Some rumbles of thunder are also a possibility with this weather system, though the chances for severe activity appear on the low side at the moment. Highs should only make it into the middle 50s with the expected cloud cover and wet weather. Rainfall is forecasted to taper off Saturday afternoon leaving variably cloudy skies in its wake.

A cold front in association with the departing weather system will swing through our region early Sunday and drop temperatures significantly. Highs on Sunday only make it into the middle 40s even with increasing sunshine.

Taking a look at Christmas week, we see rebounding temperatures on Monday and Christmas Eve Tuesday. Lower to mid 50s are forecasted for Monday with lower 60s on Tuesday. It continues to look like a strong cold front will be advancing southward towards us on Christmas Day. We will have updates on this holiday forecast in the days ahead.