A chilly evening is underway across the northeast half of Texas this evening as wind chills are in the 20s and 30s. Those in the Rio Grande Valley, Edwards Plateau, and Borderland are laughing as they enjoy temperatures in the 50s and 60s. While the battle between winter and spring continues in Texas, those across the Midwest are ‘enjoying’ a blustery evening with wind chill values between 10 and 20 below zero. That cold makes ours seem trivial, and to an extent, it is as we’ll begin a rapid warming trend on Sunday.
Temperatures tonight will drop below freezing north of an Ozona to Austin to Galveston and Beaumont line. Honestly, this is far better than how it looked earlier in the week. Fourtinietly, the true arctic blast ended up visiting the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic versus taking a more southerly track. We may not be as lucky in the coming week. Wind chill values will continue to make for a rather unpleasant experience to those spending time outdoors tonight.
Winds will start backing from the south on Sunday as sunshine warms the western half of Texas into the upper 50s to lower 60s. The Permian Basin may end up trying to make it to 70 degrees tomorrow. The colder air airmass across the eastern half of Texas will keep temperatures comparatively cooler with highs in the middle 40s to around 50 degrees. Still, that’s better than the 30s experienced today.
Winds will be much lower tomorrow as well. The same cannot be said for Sunday night into Monday as the southerly winds get cranking with moisture rapidly advecting back inland. Monday will be quite warm with the 60s and 70s statewide ahead of our next cold front – which should arrive on Tuesday into Wednesday.