Windy and much cooler behind the front today, especially for the northern half of the state which will see highs well below normal for this time of the year. The Texas panhandle region, which received snow overnight, will continue to deal with additional snowfall today before winding down later this afternoon. Winds gusting in excess of 30 to 45mph across the region will cause periods of blowing snow and near white-out conditions which will likely have a few travel impacts for the area today. Windy conditions will be present across most of the northern and western half of the state today behind the front with Wind Advisories in place for much of western north Texas, the Texas Panhandle, South Plains region and northeast Texas as well.
Elsewhere, rain has come to an end. Skies have cleared from west to east across all but the eastern 1/3 of the state, and even those should be cleared out by later this afternoon. Highs today will be much cooler and well below normal for all but deep south Texas which will still see highs in the low to mid 80s as the front continues to move across the region. Lows tonight, chilly and reminiscent of late winter or early spring with lows dropping into the 30s across the panhandle with 40s across much of north and central Texas. Coastal zones will see lows drop only into the 50s, but even that is a good 8-10 degrees below normal for late April.
Our next weather maker arrives Wednesday as an upper level disturbance drifts by overhead and another cold front arrives. Rain chances will be on the increase beginning later Tuesday night, Wednesday and Wednesday night as the front moves south across the state. Best chances for seeing any strong storms looks to be for areas south and southeast of the DFW metro. Too early to talk about severe weather potential, but we’ll certainly be keeping an eye on that. After Wednesday’s front, it looks like we’ll sit under a ridge of high pressure for the latter part of the week and into the weekend which means no rain and the return of quiet weather once again for next weekend.