Today will mark the beginning of the climb back up the temperature roller coaster. Very light snow will continue for a few more hours across the Hill Country into Central Texas. We did have some snow accumulate earlier this morning in the Permian Basin. Even though temperatures are hovering at or just above freezing please use caution as roads may be slushy/wet out there. I don’t expect any issues in the Concho Valley or Central Texas this morning as most snow is evaporating before reaching the ground and temperatures are above freezing. The snow out in the Permian Basin wasn’t supposed to be nearly as heavy as it ended up being. That will complicate today’s temperature forecast because the snow helps keep temperatures much lower locally where it accumulated. With that said don’t be surprised if there is a sharp gradient in temperatures in the northern Permian Basin into eastern New Mexico today.
I have my doubts that the northern Permian Basin will be able to climb as warm as this graphic shows this afternoon thanks to the snow. Outside of that today will begin the temperature rebound after this past weekend’s cold front. We should see temperatures around their February averages today. It won’t be warm by any means but it will be better than Monday. We’ll see temperatures climb into the upper 40s across the Panhandle and cooler parts of Texas. Lower to mid 50s will be common across South-Central Texas into Southeast Texas. The Rio Grande Valley will end up in the upper 50s to around 60 degrees which is still pretty cool for them.
A few high clouds will persist in West Texas this afternoon with more overcast skies in the Rio Grande Valley. Otherwise we’ll see the sun make an appearance statewide later today as all these clouds and precipitation quickly exit to our east. After this morning’s precipitation we should remain dry until late Friday Night into Saturday as a possible storm system enters the state. Temperatures will continue to warm with our next cold front arriving this weekend.