After unseasonably warm temperatures and record rainfall in recent weeks, the National Weather Service is expecting a week’s worth of cooler temperatures and drier conditions for the Texoma area.


NWS Meteorologist Jason Godwin of the agency’s Fort Worth field office said the severe weather threat, which has lingered over Texoma since the weekend, was expected to shift off to the southeast Tuesday night, thanks to a powerful cold front making its way through the Texas Panhandle .


“We’ve had a couple of cold fronts come through so far this fall, but when they came through it was only nice for about a day,” Godwin said. “It looks like this is actually going to stay around. We’re forecasting highs in the lows 70s, even in the upper 60s through the rest of the week, and with morning lows in the low 50s. I wouldn’t be surprised if a few sheltered places out in rural areas even got down into the upper 40s.”


Godwin said skies are expected to remain sunny and clear on Wednesday and Thursday, but a hurricane expected to make landfall on Mexico’s Pacific coast this week could bring clouds and moisture to the Texoma region by Friday.


“We’ll get some of the remnant moisture from it interacting with an upper level storm system that’s going to swing through this weekend,” Godwin said. “That will lead to another round of rain and thunderstorm chances. We have low chances Friday night, but it looks like the highest chances will be on Saturday and Saturday night.”


But Godwin said even more change will follow as next week arrives.


“At the end of the weekend, we’re looking at an even stronger cold front coming through, probably late Sunday,” Godwin said. “With that, we’re going to be looking at high temperatures barely making it into the 60s early next week, with probably some lows in the 40s.”


Godwin said those with outdoor weekend plans should keep an eye out for the risk of isolated, severe weather, but all could look forward to more comfortable conditions in the days ahead.


“People should really be able to notice the presence of much drier air, low-humidity and lower temperatures,” Godwin said. “Aside from the rain chances, this should be some pretty nice weather for the next seven days. It’s a long way of saying that it looks like fall is finally making its much-overdue appearance in North Texas.”