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MORE WARMTH: A nice spring preview continues today. We hit 68 in Lubbock yesterday, with several other locations across the area in the upper 60s. It'll turn a little warmer today. Beneath a sunny sky it'll top out near 74 in Lubbock today, wind breezy W/SW 10-20mph. Here are the projected high temps for the area:
It'll cool to near 31 tomorrow morning, then a cold front makes for a tricky forecast. We should see a pretty good range in temperature tomorrow afternoon...50s around Childress, Turkey, Paducah and maybe as far south as Floyd County. Lubbock should make the mid 60s with mid 70s across the SW South Plains and SE New Mexico, maybe upper 70s near Hobbs.
These setups are always tough to forecast, and we're going to be wrong somewhere on the temperature. Models often don't grasp how far the front will move. The SW flow ahead of the front will try to keep warm air in parts of our area. If that front doesn't move in until later in the day Lubbock could very well hit the mid 70s.
WEEKEND: That front works across the area late tomorrow into Friday, setting up a couple of cooler days, both Friday and Saturday in the 50s. It'll turn warmer again beginning Sunday.
An upper-level storm system moving in from the west will increase the clouds on Saturday. Late Saturday into Sunday there is a slight chance for rain. It doesn't look like this is a setup for the soaking rain we need, just the chance for a few spotty showers that won't produce good rain totals.
Next week starts mild, high temp in the 60s. The second half of the week should turn cooler. It doesn't look like it'll be a repeat of 70s like this week.
Enjoy your day. Rudy will have the next forecast update later this afternoon.