“Oh the weather outside is frightful” — thanks to an arctic air mass that began enveloping most of west central Texas sometime around 10 p.m. Sunday.

Mark Cunningham, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service out of San Angelo said about 5 p.m. Monday that Brownwood temperatures, which were hovering around the upper 20s and lower 30s, would be more frigid if it weren’t for the cloud cover.

“The cloud cover does bring with it a slight chance of freezing rain through the night Monday and in the morning Tuesday,” Cunningham said.

“The chance is somewhat slight, but people should use caution if they’re out. Still, temperatures may dip to the lower 20s in the Brownwood area Monday night and really early, before dawn, Tuesday.”

But by this afternoon, Cunningham said, temperatures should begin to climb.

Temperatures will be slightly warmer, in the lower 40s today and continue to climb.

“By late Wednesday or Thursday, temperatures will seem pretty balmy compared to today (Monday),” Cunningham said. “Look for temperatures to be in the upper 50s later in the week and there’s a potential for the mid to upper 60s.”

Come the weekend, however, “Look out,” Cunningham said. “We can expect another shot of Arctic air by the weekend with temperatures again falling to the 20s and 30s.

“Right now, that forecast is for dry — no cloud cover — which will affect the wind chill. It may seem colder than earlier in the week.”