A 30 percent chance for rain and thunderstorms Friday night and Saturday morning, and much cooler..
As of 8pm Friday night, a cold front was on its way to the Big Country, expected to move through the area during the overnight and early hours of Saturday morning. The front will cause a sudden drop in temperature of about 20 degrees and bring a line of showers and storms to the area. Some storms may contain strong gusty wind and deadly lightning. This storm system originated off the coast of Alaska and has brought plenty of cold air, and heavy snow, to the Rocky Mountains. The air moderates as it heads south, but will still be strong enough to cause temperatures to be 20 to 25 degrees colder Saturday than the 90 degree high Abilene enjoyed on Friday. We should wake up Saturday morning to temperatures in the low to middle 50's and then not expect temperatures to get over 68 degrees in the afternoon. North wind of 15 to 25 will make temperatures feel like the 40's and 50's all day. As skies clear Saturday night, lows should bottom out in the middle 40's by early Sunday morning. Sunday should be a beautiful day, sunshine with highs in the middle 70's. Dry weather continues Monday through Thursday of next week as highs return to the low to middle 80's. By next Friday and next weekend, rain may once again return to the forecast.
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