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RAIN LAST NIGHT: It certainly was welcome across the South Plains, a steady rain through parts of the night. The best rain total through 7 a.m. is Brownfield at 1.12". Some other top totals are Sundown 0.90", Plains 0.87" and Lamesa 0.82". Generally areas that received rain got 1/4" to 1/2" of rain. The range around Lubbock was 0.37" at the airport, 0.40" at Reese Center, 0.43" near Texas Tech and Wolfforth with 0.66".
SETUP: This is really rare to see, an upper-level low that was over the Midwest and Tennessee Valley last week moving west all the way to the Plains states. This low brings much cooler weather and good lift for widespread rain.
TODAY: We don't expect much more rain through the day. The showers that moved across our area early this morning will push across the Permian Basin and Big Country. It'll be a cloudy and cool day, high in the mid to upper 70s. The record for coolest high temp on today's date is 80. Record tomorrow is 78, Wednesday 79. A few isolated showers or weak storms are possible late this afternoon.
NEXT FEW DAYS: Better lift will move this way as the upper low edges closer. Showers and possibly a few weak thunderstorms should increase from east to west across the area late tonight into tomorrow through early Wednesday. It may not rain continuously, but it's a good chance for off-and-on rainfall. Tonight's low near 60, tomorrow's high only mid 70s. We'll keep a chance for showers and thunderstorms into Wednesday and a slight chance Thursday.
HOW MUCH RAIN?: The showers and storms will move slowly next few days. Available moisture will actually be greater next few days than what we saw this morning. And we had some 1" rains this morning. Another 1/2" to 1" can be expected for most of the area, though isolated totals above 2" will be possible. In fact, most of the high-resolution models are painting greater than 3" over the Rolling Plains and Big Country.
WEEKEND: It should heat up with more sunshine, close to 90 each afternoon.
Check back here for updates through the day. Rudy will have a complete update to the forecast later today.