Good morning and happy Wednesday! Hard to believe we’re now just two weeks away from Christmas! A cold front is moving through the state which will leave the panhandle and the northern zones feeling very Christmas-like with highs only in the 30′s today, while the southern zones of the state will feel more like Spring with temps rising into the 50′s and even a few 60′s!
As of this blog, the cold front has moved through most of the panhandle and is currently stretched along a line from around Vernon down to Lubbock. It is expected to arrive in north central Texas and through the DFW metro area by around noon today. Highs across these regions will be in the 30′s and 40′s…with just enough “oomph” above freezing to allow for additional thawing across north central Texas.
Further south across central Texas, the coastal regions and south Texas, temps today will be warmer…mainly in the 50′s and 60′s. It will feel a bit more like spring compared to the past several days of near freezing and below freezing temps, but even the 50 and 60 degree highs are still below seasonal norms for this time of year. Cloud cover will be on the increase the further south towards the coast you are, and there remains a slight chance of some sprinkles for deep south Texas today as well.
Here is a look at the overall forecasted highs for the entire state today….
Rain chances return to the state by tomorrow with the arrival of a upper level low expected to begin pushing eastward across the desert southwest by tomorrow, then finally across Texas by Friday. Rain chances are not all that great, but the good news is that temps will be above freezing, so whatever liquid falls from the sky both days will be all liquid and we won’t be dealing with yet another round of wintry weather.
And speaking of Christmas, we’ve got a lot of folks starting to ask about the forecast for Christmas week. It’s still too early to make any sort of valid prognostication, but we are watching forecast model trends which show another arctic front moving through the plains about that time. It also appears that a deep upper level low may develop off the Baja which would stream moisture from the subtropical jet up our way…and this could mean a return of more substantial precipitation to the state. As you can guess, anytime you mix arctic air with subtropical moisture, that can spell trouble, so it will be something we watch very carefully over the next week!