The upper level disturbance that has been plaguing western Texas for the past several days is now beginning to retreat back to the west. Rain chances will continue overnight and into Friday, but will markedly decrease as we head into Saturday. Flash Flood watches across the region will remain in effect until early tomorrow morning. A weak cold front will drop south into the state on Friday and drag slightly cooler temps and some drier air along with it. The front will wash out south of I-20, but for areas north of the frontal boundary, temps should be warm, but still pleasant, for any outdoor activities you have planned.
Currently on the radar, a large area of rain extends from southwest Texas in the Del Rio area, over into the Big Bend region and up through the Permian Basin region and into the south rolling plains. This area of rain continues to move north/northeast, but its eastward propagation will be hindered by a drier and more stable airmass as you get into western north Texas. As rain chances north of I-20 diminish overnight, additional development is likely across over the Big Bend and Trans Pecos regions. A few storms could become strong to severe overnight with gusty winds and hail as the main threats.
Tomorrow, rain and storm chances again across the western half of the state, but we’ll likely see a bit less coverage than we saw today as the upper level disturbance continues to move away from the state.
Here’s a look at the temperature forecast for tonight, Friday and Saturday. Residual cloud cover and rain chances will continue to keep a lid on highs across the western half of the state during the day on Friday. Once the front arrives, it will knock temps down a few degrees behind it, but the most noticeable change will be the northerly winds and decreasing humidity levels across northern Texas. Looks like we’ll have plenty of sunshine and mild highs for the Texas/OU game at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas on Saturday! South of the front, temps will remain above seasonal averages. Looks like summer just wants to hang around a bit longer!