The pesky upper level low we’ve been dealing with since the start of the week is finally moving out. It’s currently centered across the eastern half of the state and will continue to move northeast and out of the state this afternoon. We’ll have a few chances for lingering showers and a few thunderboomers across the eastern half of the state, but we will not be looking at any chance for widespread rain or flooding today. It will take several days for what has fallen to run off, so we will have some lingering flood and soggy ground issues for a good part of the coming work week. We’ll also see skies clearing out from west to east as the upper level low departs, and it will certainly be nice to see the sun once again!
The only other weather-related issues to speak of today will be the gusty winds and very dry conditions expected across parts of far west Texas by this afternoon. Unfortunately, this area missed out on all the rain we had this week, so conditions remain ripe for the rapid spread of grass fires across the region. Strong west/southwest winds of 40 to 55mph with gusts in excess of 75 are expected area wide this afternoon. Relative humidity values across this region are also expected to drop below 15% by this afternoon. High Wind Warnings and Wind Advisories are all in place across the region through this evening…and Red Flag Warnings for critical fire danger will remain in place through the weekend.
Highs today will be pleasant and seasonal. Lows tonight will also not be terribly chilly, only dropping down into the low 40s across the western half of the state, and mid to upper 50s across central and southeastern regions of the state.
An upper level system will zip quickly overhead tomorrow, but will not hang around long enough to bring us much chance for rain or storms. After that, it looks like we’ll have a pleasant start to the work week…Spring Break for quite a few folks…before our next chance for rain and a cold front arrives late in the coming week. We’ll have more on that in our Sunday blog with a look ahead!