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Updated: 1/06/2013 5:19 pm
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This weekend was very pleasant with abundant sunshine and temperatures near 50 for much of the area.  The upper level ridge that brought us these lovely conditions has already moved east and our focus turns to the low pressure system maturing to our west over Southern California.

Clouds will be on the increase Monday throughout the day.  We'll start in the mid 20s with a high in the low 50s and a south southwesterly wind around 10 to 15 mph.  The increasing clouds are all due to that low pressure system moving closer.  It will bring in warm air in Tuesday morning giving us a mild morning, but as it passes, cool air will be brought into the area behind it, keeping our afternoon high temperature in the mid 40s.

As the system works it's way through the South Plains, chances for rain start for our southern counties Tuesday mid morning.  As it travels northward the rest of the area will get rain as well.  Because this system is heavy with moisture and a closed off low, it will be tracking rather slowly which means this rain event is going to last.

Wednesday is when the entire area has the best chances to see this rainfall and the heaviest rain as well.  Cool air will continue to be pulled into the area by the low pressure so it will likely be breezy with a high only in the low 40s.  But because of the moisture on the ground, the morning will be on the mild side in the mid 30s.

As of right now rain totals will likely be between a half inch to a little over an inch, with the most being the further south and east you are.


We are confident in this precipitation event remaining mostly rain for Lubbock through Wednesday afternoon.  Temperatures in the low to mid 40s for Tuesday and Wednesday and mild mornings above freezing are in store.  Our best chance for snow will be mainly for our northern counties on Thursday morning as the system is exiting the area.  That is when we could see a wintery mix or now because we'll dip closer to the freezing mark.

Thursday afternoon will bring another slight warm up and a clearing trend once that system is gone and the trend will continue into Friday with the possibility for us to reach the 60s in Lubbock and mostly sunny skies.


Another system arrives sometime on Friday night which will drop our temperatures significantly for the weekend.  As this is far away, we are not too confident on how cold it will get, but we will watch it's strength and timing as it gets nearer.

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I hope you had a great weekend! Matt will have the updated forecast and Weather Blog in the morning!
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