Cold front overnight, not as hot end to the week

Reported by: Rudy Pearce
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Updated: 8/08/2013 8:03 pm
8:00PM Update:

The Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been cancelled across the South Plains. As of this writing a few weak storms and showers continue but will end overnight as a cold front moves through. Click here for a look at the 24 hour rainfall totals from the West Texas Mesonet sites. The rest of your detailed forecast is in the original blog post below.

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A Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been issued for most of the South Plains until 10PM. This watch does include Lubbock and Plainview. All the counties under the watch are highlighted in green in the graphic below.

The main concern with the storms this afternoon and evening will be wind gusts in excess of 60mph, hail up to quarter size, frequent cloud-to-ground lightning and brief heavy rainfall. All rain and storms will generally be moving to the northeast. You can keep an eye on all the action with our live streaming radar below.
A cold front will push through the South Plains overnight and setup somewhere either across or just to the south of our southern counties tomorrow. As this front moves through it could help ignite some more storms and we could possibly see some rain last overnight into tomorrow morning. The chance for that happening though is slim as drier air will work it's way in behind the front and help clear out any rain. The better chance for rain tomorrow will be in the afternoon in the vicinity of the front. If the front is still across the area then we would have a better chance to see rain than if it was to the south of us. That being said, with storm motion still being to the northeast, if storms form to the south of us they could move up into the South Plains.

Chances for rain going into the weekend are not zero but don’t look that good. The best chance will be held around the New Mexico/Texas State line from any storms forming in the higher terrain of New Mexico and then moving towards the South Plains. Temperatures won’t be quite as hot with afternoon highs in the upper 80s and lower 90s. High pressure will build back in by the beginning of next week which will help to warm our temperatures back into the mid to upper 90s.

Stay tuned in to the weather today with the potential for severe storms. We will keep you updated with our Facebook and Twitter accounts as well as on the Radio and on TV when needed. I will have an update on all the storms tonight on the News at Nine and Matt will have a complete updated forecast for you tomorrow morning.
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