Gradual warming trend rest of week with possible storms this weekend

Reported by: Rudy Pearce
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Updated: 3/05/2013 8:34 pm
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Thanks to a cold front that moved through last night we were about 20-30 degrees colder today than the past couple of days. We started off this morning in the upper 20s and lower 30s and topped out in the low to mid 50s this afternoon. Below is a look at some of our morning lows and afternoon highs from today.
 
 
 

 
 
 

High clouds will increase tonight and the wind will shift back to the south. We will see similar morning temperatures tomorrow as we saw today but with a steady south breeze of about 15-25mph afternoon temperatures will be about ten degrees warmer. We can expect similar conditions on Thursday with even warmer temperatures as we warm into the 70s. The wind will be even stronger on Friday with windy conditions lasting through the weekend.

The wind won’t be the story this weekend though as it still looks like we have a decent chance for some showers and storms. Models have consistently shown an upper-level low pressure system passing through the region this weekend producing a setup which would be favorable for us to see some rain. That being said today there have been some changes in the model outputs with one of the models bringing the low farther to the north thus decreasing our chances for rain. This is not a good sign after such consistency over the past week but since most still show about the same setup we will continue with a 30% chance for storms this Saturday. Anything could change since we still are several days away so we won’t get into to many specifics just yet.
 
 
 

** This week is Severe Weather Awareness Week so each day we will have some tidbits of information for you regarding severe weather. Today’s topic is the difference between a watch and a warning. Essentially a watch means we are watching out for the potential of severe weather. A watch is usually issued hours before any severe weather takes place. A warning on the other hand is issued when there currently is severe weather taking place. The criteria for a severe thunderstorm warning is that the storm is producing hail which is 1” in diameter or greater or a wind gust of 58mph or greater. A tornado warning is issued when there has been a tornado spotted or there are very good signs on the radar that a storm is producing a tornado. Whenever you are under a warning you need to take action immediately. When you are under a watch just stay alert and be ready to take action if a warning is issued. Year round we have links to severe weather safety tips in the weather section of myfoxlubbock.com and under the weather tab on the FOX 34 News app.**

I will step you through the forecast tonight on the News at Nine and Matt will have an updated forecast for you tomorrow morning.
-Rudy  
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