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It turned out to be just a gorgeous day across the South Plains even with the below average temperatures as we held a light wind and stayed under a sunny sky. Below is a look at some of our morning lows and afternoon highs from today.
Clouds will increase tonight and our temperatures tomorrow morning will be about the same as they were this morning, mainly starting off in the mid to upper 20s. A cold front will move through tomorrow morning ushering in a steady north breeze which will make it feel chilly throughout the day although the actual temperatures will be about the same as they were today. We could see some snow flurries and sprinkles tomorrow especially across our northern counties but we don’t expect any accumulations as any precipitation will be very light and brief if any even reaches the ground.
The wind will calm tomorrow night and remain light throughout Saturday as it is shaping up to be another beautiful day. Temperatures will warm into the 60s and we will sit under a bright sunny sky. Temperatures will be even warmer on Sunday as most of us warm into the 70s but unfortunately the wind will also increase. We expect breezy conditions on Sunday and then windy conditions on Monday ahead of the next cold front that will move through. It currently doesn’t look like the front will move through until late on Monday so temperatures will be warm again until that colder air works its way in late Monday. Tuesday we will be back to below average temperatures with a gradual warming trend expected the rest of the week. Models are still in pretty good agreement on showing a setup favorable for rain across the region the following weekend. We will continue to monitor this and keep you updated.
** Today of course is the last day of February and we will end the month with above average precipitation for now the second month in a row. The average precipitation for February is .75” and we tallied 1.31” officially at the Lubbock International Airport. In January we recorded .92” and the average precipitation was .65”. That means we have seen 2.23” of rain so far this year which is .83” above average so far. That is a nice start to the year especially when you consider in all of 2011 we only recorded 5.86”! Now that being said, we still have a ways to go to reach the average yearly precipitation of 19.12". This is also the first time we have seen two straight months with above average precipitation in almost three years, since we had a stretch of five straight months of precipitation from December of 2009 to April of 2010. Now let’s hope this trend continues! **
I hope you had a great day and be sure to join us tonight on the News at Nine. Matt will have an updated forecast for you tomorrow morning.