Good Morning Texas! I hope you’re starting out well on this beautiful Saturday morning. Since I’m working on this blog comparatively late to my usual weekday schedule I’m able to share something rather cool.
Here’s the visible satellite image just after 9:15 AM this morning. Our weather has calmed down considerably compared to a few days ago. We have upper level clouds moving across Southwest Texas extending into Central and South-Central Texas this morning. We should see those thin out as we head into the afternoon hours. What is really cool in this shot is shown in the Texas Panhandle and South Plains. Those aren’t clouds – its the snow cover from the winter storm experienced earlier this week. Enjoy it while it lasts because that snow will rapidly melt later today.
The reason that snow will rapidly melt away is because we’re headed back into a warmer pattern! If it wasn’t for all that snow in the Panhandle and South Plains temperatures would be warming up into the upper 50s to around 60 today. However the snow cover will keep temperatures in the 40s. That won’t be an issue in the remainder of Texas as mostly clear skies and light west winds allow for ample warming today. As usual the Rio Grande Valley and Deep South Texas will see the warmest temperatures today with highs climbing into the mid 60s. We’ll see low 60s across South-Central, Southeast, and Central Texas. The Hill Country, Permian Basin, Northwest, North, Northeast, and East Texas will all climb into the mid to upper 50s this afternoon.
Texas will be under an upper level ridge for at least the next 4-5 days. That means we’ll be dry and experience temperatures above-average for late January. In fact it looks like we’ll be in the 60s and 70s for the first half of the work week! Don’t take the warm weather for granted because another fairly significant arctic air outbreak looks possible around February 1.