A weak cold front pushed through the panhandle region earlier today, though it thankfully it will not do much more than just bring a wind shift along with it. Conditions will remain breezy across the panhandle and northern Texas overnight, but will begin to calm by morning. We could see some patchy fog along the upper coast tomorrow morning, but other than that, nothing noteworthy to mention for the overnight forecast. Lows tonight will drop down into the 20s and 30s across much of the panhandle behind the weak front. Amarillo will see lows around 37 tonight, Lubbock around 33 and the coldest spot will likely be Dalhart which will drop down to around 29. For the remainder of the state, south winds and slightly increasing moisture will keep overnight lows from dipping much below the mid to upper 40s for most. Dallas will see lows around 48, Waco around 46, Corpus Christi around 55 and Houston will drop to around 50.
Highs on Saturday will reach levels well above average for the end of January. We will likely see highs approaching 80 degrees across portions of west and west central Texas by tomorrow afternoon. West/Southwest winds will pick up across west and west central Texas tomorrow afternoon once again. That combined with way above average temperatures and low humidity values will bring another day with the threat for grass fires across the region. Please be extra careful with anything that could cause a spark or flame…especially if you’re planning to camp or cook outdoors tomorrow afternoon and evening…and please don’t toss cigarette butts out the window. Blowing dust may also become an issue at times tomorrow afternoon, especially across the western and southwestern portions of the panhandle. The Critical Fire Weather Outlook for west Texas is expected to remain high through Monday before our next strong cold front arrives.