ABILENE WEATHER: January ends sunny & warm, what to expect in February

ABILENE WEATHER: January ends sunny & warm, what to expect in February

ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – As we continue another day of beautiful weather across the Big Country, we also wrap up the first month of 2024. Looking back on January, we essentially experienced every season but summer.

We began the month on track with near seasonal temperatures in the mid 40s to 50s range. The start of the second week of the month was unseasonably warm with highs briefly in the low to upper 60s, and even reached the 70s on January 11.

FORECAST: Spring-like conditions bless the Big Country as we enter February

Winter came just a couple of days later as a strong blast of arctic air surged into the southern part of the US, dropping temperatures into the single digits with negative wind chill values.

Temperatures eventually rose back into the 40s and 50s last week. Now temperatures are in the upper 60s and 70s, and it’s giving spring vibes across the Big Country.

Now shifting focus to what’s to come ahead, Wednesday is the last day of January, and it’s a good end to the month with mostly sunny skies.

For Thursday, February 1, temperatures will remain in the 70s and could even be a degree or two higher than Wednesday. Skies will remain sunny, but it will be breezy at times with gusts up to 20 miles per hour.

Breezy conditions will hang around from then until Sunday afternoon with the passage of our next frontal system on Saturday.

Rain chances are expected to increase Friday afternoon, continuing through Saturday morning. Models continue to bring a large trough across the area Friday afternoon through the beginning of next week, when the trough and closed upper-level low starts to push further eastward.

This pattern will bring increased chances of rain showers and thunderstorms to the area Friday into early Saturday morning. There is a chance for strong to severe thunderstorms as there have been marginal risks highlighted for the eastern half of the Big Country.

Behind this frontal system, temperatures will be a bit cooler but will remain slightly above average for this time of year. Highs are looking to remain in the mid to lower 60s next week.

Winds on Saturday and Sunday are expected to range from 20 to 25 miles per hour, with gusts up to 40 mph. Winds will gradually diminish Sunday night into Monday, becoming light and northerly by Monday night.

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