We’ll see a very nice warming trend this week with highs jumping back up into the 70s by Tuesday. Other than a bit of early morning drizzle across north central and northeast Texas early tomorrow, we’ll stay pretty much rain-free until we get closer to next weekend.  Highs today, still chilly but closer to where we should be at this time of the year.  The surface high which has been locked in overhead the past couple of days will move east and we’ll see the return of southerly winds and warming temps Monday through Thursday.  Here’s a look at our forecast high for today and our forecast lows for early Monday morning.

Monday, we warm up quite a bit with the Texas panhandle region seeing the 70s return, and parts of the Trans Pecos seeing highs close to 80.  For north central, central and south central/southeast Texas, highs in the 60s can be expected with a mix of cloudy to partly cloudy skies and chances for drizzle by early morning on Monday. Temps will warm into the mid 70s Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday with little to no rain expected.  Hopefully everyone will be able to get outdoors and enjoy the short reprieve from the cold.

The forecast for next weekend is looking interesting. A strong upper level low is expected to drop south along the California coast this week and eventually settle in across the desert southwest/northern Mexico by the end of the work week.  Pretty much any time we have that type of a setup with an upper low positioned just off to our west or southwest, we see a decent chance for widespread precipitation. It’s still too far out to forecast exact details, but the overall pattern will be favorable for generating precip.  The other interesting part of the long-range forecast is the potential for another strong cold front arriving sometime Friday.  Again, it’s too far out to determine if any precip that falls behind the front will be all liquid or if we’ll end up with another mess of wintry weather, but we’ll certainly be keeping an eye on this. Be sure to check back for updates in the week ahead!