Good morning and happy Saturday everyone!  Today will feature mostly quiet and dry conditions across the state.  Highs today will be fairly close to seasonal averages across the state and quite nice for enjoying outdoor chores or family fun.  The panhandle and across into north and central Texas will see highs in the low to mid 80s today.  Western Texas will see highs in the mid to upper 80s today with cooler temps in the 70s across the higher elevations in the mountains.  Coastal and south Texas will see highs range from the low 80s to upper 80s with the possibility of reaching 90 along the Rio Grande plains.  Lows tonight will remain mild with most areas not dropping below the upper 50s as moisture begins to return in earnest across the state.

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Chances for rain and storms exists again today for parts of far west Texas, mainly west of the Pecos River this afternoon, and further south along the Rio Grande down into deep south Texas.  A weakish upper level low across northern Mexico will be drawing moisture up across the region this afternoon which may lead to the development of scattered showers and storms by later this afternoon and through the evening hours across this region.  Widespread severe weather is not expected, but a few of the storms could become strong with a damaging wind threat.

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We also have a chance for seeing a few strong storms across the northwestern panhandle this afternoon as a piece of upper level energy moves over the region by early afternoon.  Coverage won’t be widespread, but  one or two of the storms could become strong with gusty winds.

panhandle this afternoon

In case you missed it, David has a discussion out about the active weather pattern we’re expected through next week.  Click here to read it.  Tuesday looks to be the most active day which will impact mainly north, northeast and possibly parts of central Texas.  Not everyone will see storms each day, and this pattern is not unusual for April as we’re in the midst of storm season here in the state, but you’ll want to keep this in mind as you plan your week ahead, especially with any outdoor activities.

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