SAN ANGELO – A strong Pacific cold front will blow through West Texas Friday morning bring patchy dust, high winds and wildfire danger as the 91st San Angelo Rodeo kicks off Friday night.
According to meteorologists with the National Weather Service office in San Angelo, the Pacific cold front will hit about mid morning with sustained west winds of 20 to 30 mph with gusts to 45 mph and higher. A Wind Advisory is in effect from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Skies will be mostly clear until the dust blows in with the front. There is a Red Flag Warning in effect for the Big Country and the Concho Valley from noon to 8 p.m.
A Red Flag Warning means that high, gusty winds, in this case from the west at 20 to 30 mph gusting to 45 mph and higher, will combine with very dry air with humidity levels around 8 percent and dry fuels to create extreme wildfire conditions.
All outdoor burning is highly discouraged and there is a burn ban in place. And any activity that could cause a spark, including commercial welding, is highly discouraged.
Expect high temperatures Friday afternoon in the upper 70s with lows Friday night around 42 degrees.
Rodeo Parade weather Saturday morning will see mostly clear skies with temperatures in the 50s and 60s for the duration of the parade in downtown San Angelo.
Saturday the winds will diminish and temps will reach near 80 degrees. A warning trend will continue into next week with highs Monday around 90 degrees.