FXUS64 KMAF 211957

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Midland/Odessa TX
157 PM CST Fri Feb 21 2020


After another chilly day, much warmer conditions return for the
weekend with strong winds possible Sunday.

Fog has been persistent along the front range of the Davis Mountains
today with webcams at the I-10/I-20 split still showing low
visibilities. Fog is expected to clear over the next couple of hours
and not return tonight. Most locations have struggled to reach 40
degrees this afternoon due to the thick cloud cover moving across
much of the area. Surface ridging has moved east of the region
and winds have returned to the south. This will allow for
moderating temperatures as we head into the weekend.

An intense upper low will move ashore along the West Coast tonight
and quickly move east. Ahead of this system expect a fairly nice
Saturday with light winds, a few peaks of sun and temperatures
warming mostly in to the 60's. A shortwave moving around the base
of the upper trough could help produce a few showers across the
Guadalupe Mountains and portions of SE NM, however QPF amounts
look to remain under a tenth of an inch. The main impact from this
storm will arrive Sunday in the form of wind as a strong surface
low forms in the TX Panhandle. A Pacific front will move through
during the day Sunday with breezy conditions developing areawide
by afternoon. Clouds may limit mixing, but believe at least some
of the stronger winds aloft will mix to the surface. High winds
are looking likely across the Guadalupe/Delaware and Davis
Mountains with even 25-35 mph sustained winds possible in the
plains. Went ahead and issued a High Wind Watch for the mountains
with an advisory most certainly needed in the coming periods for
the plains.

Temperatures don't cool much behind Sunday's storm system, but a
stronger cold front is due to arrive Tuesday morning. After another
chilly mid to late week period, warmer conditions look possible
again by the weekend. Not sure how long we can keep up these
beautiful weekends so enjoy them while you can!


Big Spring 39 62 47 72 / 0 0 0 10
Carlsbad 38 66 46 69 / 0 10 10 10
Dryden 39 63 45 77 / 0 0 0 0
Fort Stockton 40 70 50 75 / 0 0 0 0
Guadalupe Pass 39 61 47 58 / 0 0 10 10
Hobbs 36 62 45 67 / 0 0 0 10
Marfa 36 67 44 67 / 0 0 0 0
Midland Intl Airport 38 62 45 71 / 0 0 0 0
Odessa 38 62 46 70 / 0 0 0 0
Wink 39 66 47 72 / 0 0 0 0


NM...High Wind Watch from Sunday morning through Sunday evening for
Guadalupe Mountains of Eddy County.

TX...High Wind Watch from Sunday morning through Sunday evening for
Davis Mountains-Guadalupe Mountains Above 7000 Feet-
Guadalupe and Delaware Mountains.



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