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It was a windy and cold day across the South Plains with morning temperatures starting off in the 30s and afternoon temperatures topping out only in the 40s and 50s. The wind was very strong making it feel even colder than the actual temperature, with sustained winds from 25-35mph and gusts up to 50mph. We also saw a little bit of rain early this morning mainly to the northeast of Lubbock and you can see the rainfall totals from the West Texas Mesonet sites by clicking here
. Below is a look at some of our morning lows and afternoon highs from today.
The wind is still strong as of this writing but will calm down tonight and become fairly light into tomorrow morning. Clouds will continue to clear from west to east and with the clear sky and light wind temperatures will plummet overnight to an area wide freeze tomorrow morning. On the Caprock we will be in the mid to upper 20s with a low of 28° in Lubbock which would break the old daily record low of 30° and be the coldest temperature we have ever seen this late in the season.
After the cold start to tomorrow morning it will be a cool but pretty nice afternoon. We will warm to the mid 60s, about 15 degrees below average, but stay under a sunny sky with a northwest wind around 10-20mph. Temperatures will warm to the low to mid 70s this weekend with sunny to mostly sunny conditions and a fairly light wind.
We will eventually warm back into the low to mid 80s by the middle of next week as the wind shifts back to the south and becomes breezy again. We will monitor a low pressure system that will setup off the west coast at the beginning of next week and then track east at some point during the week. Depending on when it moves east and where it moves we possibly could see a setup favorable for rain across the region. At this point there are too many discrepancies among the various models we look at so we won’t introduce any chances for rain yet, but this is something we will be watching.
I hope you were able to stay warm today! I will step you through the forecast tonight on the News at Nine and Matt will have a full updated forecast tomorrow morning.