A strong springtime cold front is currently working its way towards the upper coast and into south Texas this morning.  Behind the front, temps dropped into the teens and 20s across the panhandle and western north Texas, with 30s and 40s across north central and central Texas. A few areas of light spotty freezing rain will continue across portions of the panhandle and along the Red River counties this morning, but should clear out in the next few hours with minimal impacts expected.  Cloudy skies will prevail this morning, then begin to clear out across the western half of the state by this afternoon.  High temps today will be well below normal for early April with temps struggling to get into the 40s and 50s across the northern half of the state.  The southern half of the state will see their highs reached early in the day, then see them drop down into the 50s and 60s as the front arrives.  Winds will also remain gusty, making it feel even colder than the actual air temperature, but thankfully we’ll see those winds calm down by later this evening.

Lows tonight will be chilly once again with rural areas across the northern half of the state flirting with 32 degrees by early Sunday morning.  By Sunday afternoon though, we’ll see quite a rebound in temps…especially across the western half of the state where sunny skies will prevail which will allow for decent surface heating.  Folks in the Permian Basin/Trans Pecos, south rolling plains and southern panhandle will likely see temps flirting with 80 degrees by tomorrow afternoon which will be quite a difference from today.  Clouds will remain stubborn across east and northeast Texas through the weekend which will keep temps in check and on the cooler side.  A weak cold front will move into the panhandle Sunday afternoon and through the remainder of the state by late Monday, but temperatures behind this next front will not be quite as drastic. Conditions will remain mostly quiet throughout the first part of the week with our next chance for rain and the possibility of strong to severe storms arriving Thursday into Friday. It’s still too early to discuss details, but we’ll be keeping an eye on that during the week ahead.