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FOG THIS MORNING: It's thick fog across the South Plains, visibility at times down to just a few hundred feet here in Lubbock and across much of the area. Dense fog advisory goes until 9 a.m. for visibility below 1/4 mile. The fog will gradually diminish through this morning.
THIS AFTERNOON: After the clouds this morning we'll see gradual clearing into the afternoon, turning mostly sunny and mild...high near 71 in Lubbock. Wind S/SW 5-12mph. Don't let the warmup fool you into expecting nice weather all week long.
STRONG COLD FRONT: A strong cold front will push across the Panhandle late this afternoon into early evening, then move across our area this evening into late tonight...probably hitting Lubbock somewhere between 8 and 10 p.m. You'll know when it's here, north wind kicking up 20-25mph with higher gusts. The colder air will follow a few hours behind.
Some drizzle may develop after Midnight, through about sunrise tomorrow. We aren't seeing signs of strong lift or the right moisture profile, just just real light stuff is expected. North of Lubbock it might get cold enough for freezing drizzle. But the ground is pretty warm, we don't expect major travel problems. This said, you have to slow down when it's drizzling in the summer, so definitely watch for slick spots tomorrow morning.
Here are the forecast lows:
The wind will only gradually diminish into the afternoon. Mostly cloudy with the high only near 42 in Lubbock...30s north of the city. The wind will keep the wind chill in the 30s through the day.
A hard freeze is ahead Wednesday morning, 20s for most of the area.
REST OF THE WEEK: It'll gradually warm back closer to the average rest of the week, cold mornings and mild afternoons.
Looking at longer-range models, there are some signs it may get even colder next week, just in time for Thanksgiving. This is too far out for anything reliable, but the overall pattern points to cold weather at some point next week.
Check back here for an updated forecast from Rudy later today. Have a great day.