Winds have been slow to increase across West Texas and the Permian Basin this morning. That is due to the upper level storm system running a bit slower than planned. Over the past hour we’ve seen wind speeds rapidly increase across eastern New Mexico and in the higher terrain of Far West Texas. A boundary is quickly moving east across the South Plains. Temperatures rapidly increase along with a quick decrease in dewpoint values as that boundary moves over a given location. Winds also rapidly increase with gusts already up to 50+ MPH. At the same time a very strong jetstream is moving into Far West Texas and the Permian Basin. This jetstream will eject east into the South Plains, Rolling Plains, and Permian Basin over the next three hours. As that occurs those strong winds will mix down to the surface. Winds at 18,000 feet ASL will exceed 140 MPH – something we don’t actually see that often in Texas. Not all of that wind will mix down to the surface but we are expecting gusts to approach 60 MPH. The higher elevations in Far West Texas – such as the Guadalupe mountains – could see wind gusts approach 80 to 90 MPH this afternoon. Winds will be highest from 2 PM this afternoon through about 6 PM. After sunset an inversion will start to help winds at the surface decrease. Widespread blowing dust is expected across the southern Texas Panhandle, South Plains, Rolling Plains, Permian Basin, into Far West Texas this afternoon. Some of the dust could become dense – especially where the highest wind gusts set up. Its possible a few elevated showers may occur across the Texas Panhandle through early evening. No severe weather is expected. The fire danger will be critical across the regions listed above and into the Big Country, Concho Valley, Northwest Texas, Hill Country, and western North and Central Texas through sunset.