Our weather pattern will remain unsettled through mid-week as yet another upper level system arrives with a chance for a mixed bag of winter weather to parts of west Texas, the panhandle and far north Texas late Monday through early Wednesday. But...by the end of this week, temps will be on the rise and we'll get a little break from our recent cold streak! More on that at the end of the blog.
Tonight, yet another cold front arrives, but at least this one will be more typical of our winter fronts so it won't feel like the north pole has relocated to Austin. The front is expected to move into the panhandle around midnight tonight, across north Texas by dawn, into central Texas by mid-morning and reach the middle coast by sundown. This reinforcing shot of cold air will keep temps at or below average throughout the week, but like we mentioned, relief will be on the way by this weekend and next week! In addition to the front will be the approach of a weak-ish upper level system which will bring widespread chances for light winter mix of weather for parts of west/west central Texas, the Panhandle...and even into the far northern parts of north Texas beginning late Monday and lasting into early Wednesday. Forecast models have been backing off on the amount of precip expected, so current thinking is that this will likely not be a major winter weather event for the panhandle and western Texas. Further east, just drizzle and more gloomy weather with only slight chances of seeing some flurries across the Red River Valley overnight into Wednesday. Winter weather impacts for the DFW area are expected to be zip, nada, zilch. That said, we'll keep an eye on the trends over the next 24-36 hours and provide updates if any of that expectation chances with additional model data that rolls in.
Oh yeah...we mentioned a WARM UP in the near future! Indeed it looks like our overall weather pattern will shift as the arctic surface high currently over the midwest moves east and our upper level flow becomes a big more zonal...which works to block the intrusion of cold air from the north. This trend will allow for several days of warmer than average temps across the state beginning this weekend with highs in the 60's and even some 70's back in the forecast! Alas, by Monday or Tuesday of next week, it looks like we'll have another cold front make its way into the state, but details on that are unclear this far out. At any rate, an enjoyable weekend temperature-wise looks on tap in 6 days, so something nice to look forward to!