Chance for rain for the start of the week

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Updated: 2/10/2013 6:04 pm
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After some storms last night for our northeastern counties, we have cleared up quickly with sunny skies across West Texas all day. The clear skies will continue overnight tonight, which will allow the heat from today to be released so we'll start off the day on the chilly side for Monday, in the mid 20s.

For the most part we'll have mostly sunny skies for Monday afternoon and a high in the mid to upper 50s, right near average.  Clouds will begin to creep in overnight though and that's when our chances for rain begin.

Rain Chances
A low pressure system will pass just to the north of the South Plains early Tuesday morning.  This has the potential to provide some much needed rain to the area.  That low will pull in warmer air overnight, meaning we won't drop very low Tuesday morning.  The freezing line will be situated across the Panhandle so we should stay above freezing which means any precipitation should stay rain.  As the day goes on, we will continue to see that chance for rain, but a cold front associated with that low will work it's way across the area and keep our high only in the mid to upper 40s.

Snow Chances
The freezing line starts to migrate southward during the late afternoon hours.  For our far northwestern counties this means there could be a wintery mix or some light snow, but very little accumulation.  For the rest of the South Plains we will likely stay south of the freezing line, but don't rule out a wintery mix and a very light chance for some very light snow the further north you are for Tuesday night.

Tuesday is also going to be a windy day because of the tight pressure gradient surrounding the low pressure system.  Winds will start off from the southeast around 10 mph, but as soon as that cold front swings though, winds will shift to coming from the northwest at 15 to 25 mph.

Overnight Tuesday into Wednesday the snow and rain will migrate north out of the area and we'll start to see clear skies towards sunrise on Wednesday.  We'll drop down to the mid 20s again and warm into the upper 50s with plenty of sun. Sun continues Thursday as well as temperatures in the upper 50s.

 
 
 


Another system arrives sometime on Friday morning and that will drop our afternoon temperatures into the low 50s and bring some cloud cover.  Right now our chances for any more precipitation aren't looking good, but we'll know better as that system nears.  Temperatures are likely to remain below average through the start of the weekend, but we should see the sunshine return by Saturday.

Join Kurt, Nick and I tonight on the News at Nine.
-Caitlin
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