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Nature gave us a great Christmas present today by way of a white Christmas! Most of the South Plains saw at least some snow while our northwestern counties got the most, receiving around 5 inches. Below is a graphic produced by the Lubbock office of the National Weather Service
showing estimated snowfall totals across the South Plains.
It was very cold for all of us today thanks to a cold front that moved through this morning. In fact our high temperatures from today were recorded just after midnight as we were in the low to mid 30s at that time and this afternoon we stayed in the low to mid 20s. Our low temperatures from today will take place right before midnight.
It’s going to be very cold tomorrow morning; in fact we will likely see the coldest temperatures of the season so far as many of us cool down into the single digits. We will see afternoon highs in the mid to upper 30s but thankfully the wind will remain light.
Breezy west/southwest winds on Thursday will help us warm back into the 50s ahead of our next cold front which will move through early Friday morning. This front will pass through with little fanfare as the wind won’t be much of a factor and we don’t expect any precipitation however temperatures will drop by about 10-15 degrees.
We will warm back into the 50s by the beginning of next week ahead of the next weather system that will affect us around New Years Eve/New Years. Some models are outputting precipitation across the region on both Monday and Tuesday while others keep us dry. A cold front will also get pushed through the region with this system so depending on how cold we get we could be dealing with another winter weather event with any precipitation we see. There are still several questions that need to be answered so we will continue to monitor this setup and keep you updated as we get closer to the event.
Part of the same storm system that provided us with the snow today produced deadly storms including many tornadoes from east Texas through the southern United States. This system will continue to wreak havoc as it pushes east into the east coast tomorrow. Below are several graphics produced by the Storm Prediction Center
. The first is one showing the storm reports from today. The next shows the outlook for severe weather overnight into tomorrow morning with the third showing the outlook for severe weather tomorrow afternoon and night. During both of these time periods a rare "Moderate Risk for Severe Weather" is highlighted across a portion of the United States.
I hope you had a very Merry Christmas and were able to spend it with family and friends! I will take a look at our snow totals from today plus have the rest of your forecast tonight on the News at Nine. Caitlin will be filling in for Matt tomorrow morning and will have the next forecast update for you.