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Livestock Wx for Jan. 24, 2019: Outbreaks of cold weather are coming.
Weather outlooks are calling for unusually cold air to persist into at least the first week of February. The image below shows the departure from average temperature forecast over the next 15-days. Starting late Monday or early Tuesday (Jan. 29), temperatures will start dropping for most of OK and TX. In some cases, the average temperature could be seven degrees or more below normal.
It could be worse. You could be in the Midwest or Northeast, which is expected to see the coldest temperatures. In fact, if some of the weather model runs are correct, these could be some of the coldest temperatures they have seen in years, with wind chills approaching -50F. Take these estimates with a grain of salt, however, since we are a long way out. The general trend, though, is for very cold temperatures. All the models agree we will see cold temps, it’s just a matter of how cold. The below image (from the folks at Pivotal Weather) shows potential wind chills for Thursday morning, which look to be the timing of the coldest period for our area. The cold air is primarily due to a break-down of the polar vortex, which has allowed arctic air to penetrate into the lower 48.
Rain this Weekend
South Texas will be seeing some rain this weekend. They are currently sitting on some decent precipitation deficits so this moisture, while not a lot, will be welcome news. The image below show the 3-Day Accumulated Precipitation Forecast.