One more day of the summer like temperatures across the Southern and Central High Plains before a strong cold front moves through Thursday. This cold front will usher in much colder air out of the north and temperatures will fall well below normal. As an area of high pressure builds over the region Thursday night, temperatures should drop well below freezing for Friday and Saturday morning. The National Weather Service has already issued hard freeze watches and warnings for Kansas and Texas. A hard freeze means temperatures will be below freezing and will kill crops and other temperature sensitive vegetation.
The big factor with this forecast will be the area of high pressure building behind the cold front. Once this high settles over western Kansas and the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles, it will provide a clear sky and light winds. When you add in some low humidity, temperatures will drop very quickly for both Friday and Saturday morning. Take a look at how cold the morning lows will be…bundle up!