Good morning and happy Monday! Another balmy December day in the forecast with temps quite a bit above normal for this time of the year. Enjoy it while you can because by this weekend, we’ll be 15-20+ degrees below normal for many areas across the state! More on that later in the Blog. For today, areas of patchy to dense fog should begin to clear out after sunrise and we’ll have mostly sunny skies today with temps ranging from the mid to upper 60′s across the panhandle, 70′s to low 80′s across the central regions, and mostly low to mid 80′s for the coastal regions. Lows tonight will be not be too bad either. Chilly across the panhandle, western Texas and northern Texas, with milder 50′s and 60′s further south across central Texas and the coastal regions. Patchy to dense fog looks like it will be an issue across the coastal regions and into south central Texas tomorrow morning, so be expecting that as you head out the door tomorrow.
Today’s forecasted highs…
Tonight’s forecasted lows….
BIG changes in our weather pattern are in store for this weekend as an arctic front is expected to ooze through the state beginning Tuesday night across the panhandle and finally through the entire state by Friday. After passage of this front, an extended period of very cold weather is expected along with several chances for wintry precipitation beginning Thursday and through the weekend. The National Weather Service office in Amarillo has already issued a Special Weather Statement with cautionary wording for an extended period of sub-freezing temperatures, winter precipitation possibilities and wind chills up to minus 15 degrees by the end of this week. They are recommending that folks across the panhandle get all outside chores done today and tomorrow before the arrival of the front with its sub-freezing wind chills. You can read the full statement at the following link: http://www.srh.noaa.gov/productview.php?pil=SPSAMA&max=61
Forecast models are still struggling a bit with both the timing and the type of precipitation that will fall. As folks will recall from our last blast of arctic air, just one or two degrees can make or break the freezing precip versus liquid precip possibilities. Current thinking is this….for the panhandle, any precip that falls is most likely to be more snow than freezing rain…with accumulation possibly up to one inch. Further south down towards Midland, San Angelo and Abilene, the probability for a flurry/freezing rain mix versus snow becomes greater. For north central Texas, the probability of a freezing rain mix is the best guess at this point. Regardless, it looks like we’re in for an extended period of very cold temps well into next week, so make preparations for that accordingly!
The graphic below displays the temperature anomaly (departure from normal) for Saturday evening around 6pm.