Friday, January 17 Forecast Discussion

Clouds this morning have given way as advertised to ample sunshine this afternoon as high pressure in Texas is influencing our weather behind our cold front. Dew points have been the biggest change as they have dropped into the single digits which has allowed temperatures to touch 50 in many locations. The dry weather and gusty winds have most of us under a Red Flag Warning this afternoon and a Fire Weather Watch tomorrow as any outdoor flame could get out of control very quickly.

Temperatures will drop quickly after sunset as the dry air and clear skies allow us to bottom out in the low 20s tonight. Under full sunshine and a strong southwest wind tomorrow, we return to the upper 50s area wide with a few 60s possible.

Over the next week, we will see a series of cold fronts move through, most of which will not have enough moisture to have rain and with clouds only signaling their passage. The first cold front arrives Saturday night into Sunday morning. Clouds will increase Saturday evening but no showers are expected. The front will keep temperatures similar on Saturday and Sunday before we warm up on Monday.

Monday will be the warmest day of the next 7 as we climb into the lower to mid 60s under full sun. Cold front number 2 arrives Monday night into Tuesday, increasing clouds and that is about it. It will knock highs down about 10 degrees into the 50s on Tuesday. Cold front number 3 arrives Wednesday, and this one will send highs into the 40s.

Ahead of cold front number 4 on Friday, temperatures will return to the 50s and clouds will arrive on Thursday as an area of low pressure starts to organize to our south. This system has the best chance to give us a rain shower, but that looks very small for Friday. The system will pass overhead on Saturday, and that may be our best chance of rain for the next week.

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