Warm weather continues today with highs across the Big Country climbing into the mid and upper 80s. A couple 90s may be possible northwest. Winds will become breezier heading into the afternoon, as high as 20 mph at times as skies will become increasinly sunny into the afternoon.
There is an Enhanced Risk for severe weather across the western half of the Big Country mainly Friday night into early Saturday morning. This does include the city of Abilene. Storms are expected to initiate along a dry line west of the Big Country and move eastward with a cold front into Saturday morning. Numerous strong to severe storms will be likely as these storm move across our region. Large hail will be the main hazard with severe storms storms, with significantly large hail possible in some isolated locations, over 2″ in diameter. Damaging winds, flooding and isolated tornadoes will also be possible overnight and into early Saturday morning.
Storms become more linear as they move into the central and eastern Big Country by mid morning on Saturday. There is a Slight Risk for severe weather across the eastern half of the area after 7:00 a.m. Large hail, damaging winds, flooding and isolated tornadoes are still the main hazard, with a better chance for severe weather into central and east Texas. Storms are forecast to exit the Big Country by noon on Saturday, giving way to sunny and dry conditions the rest of the weekend.
Another potentially significant severe weather chance returns Monday with all modes of severe weather possible including large hail, damaging winds, flooding and tornadoes. Continue to stay tuned to the latest forecasts.
Make sure you stay weather aware as we head into this weekend and next week!
Today: Mostly sunny. Becoming breezy. South winds around 10 to 20 mph. Highs in the mid and upper 80s.
Tonight: Partly cloudy. Humid. Staying breezy. South winds around 10 to 20 mph. Lows in the upper 60s.
Friday: Weather Alert Day. 20% chance for thunderstorms late Friday night. Strong to severe storms possible. Partly sunny. Windy. South winds around 15 to 25 mph. 30 mph wind gusts. Highs in the mid 80s.
Saturday: Weather Alert Day. 60% chance for thunderstorms early Saturday. Strong to severe storms likely. Mostly sunny. Breezy. Southwest winds around 10 to 20 mph. 25 mph wind gusts. Lows in the mid 60s. Highs in the mid 80s.
Sunday: Sunny. Lows in the upper 50s. Highs in the mid 80s.
Monday: 30% chance for thunderstorms. Strong to severe storms possible. Partly sunny. Windy. Lows in the upper 60s. Highs in the upper 80s.
Tuesday: 20% chance for showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny. Breezy. Lows in the mid 60s. Highs around 80°.
Wednesday: Sunny. Lows in the mid 60s. Highs in the upper 80s.
Average High: 85°
Average Low: 620°
Sunrise: 6:40 a.m.
Sunset: 8:31 p.m.
– Meteorologist Grant Tosterud