...Wintry conditions to return Tuesday...
After a mild day today across West Texas and southeast New Mexico with temperatures in the 50s and 60s...winter will return with a vengeance on Tuesday.
An Arctic front will drop south through the plains and move into the area by Tuesday morning. The cold airmass associated with this front will be shallow. Mild air from the Pacific will ride over this cold airmass setting the stage for the possibility of light freezing rain and sleet...starting Tuesday afternoon and continuing into New Years Day morning. Temperatures are expected to remain below freezing across most of West Texas and southeast New Mexico through this period. The exception could be along the Rio Grande Valley where temperatures could warm into the upper 30s. Even though precipitation amounts appear to be light... driving conditions could become very hazardous. Warmer air will move into the area on New Years Day...changing any precipitation to rain.
With the potential for hazardous driving conditions for new years eve...those with travel plans are encouraged to monitor the forecast closely today and tonight. The potential for winter weather and its impacts will become better defined as we get closer to the event.
245 PM CST sun Dec 28 2014 /145 PM MST sun Dec 28 2014/
...Wintry conditions anticpated to bring in the New Year...
After a warming trend early this week...an Arctic front will move south across West Texas and southeast New Mexico Monday night and Tuesday. Much colder air will move south over the area Tuesday through new years eve. Warm...moist air from the Pacific will move over this low level cold airmass...setting the stage for the possibility of light freezing rain or sleet Tuesday through Thursday night. Warmer air will move into the area on Friday...changing any precipitation to rain showers.
Travelers should stay tuned for the latest updates...as the forecast can change as this event evolves.