Colder with some rain this weekend

Reported by: Matt Ernst
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Updated: 12/18/2013 6:28 am
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MORE WARM WEATHER: We've got two more warm days this week. This morning it's in the 20s and low 30s, with some high clouds building in from the west. We hit 69 yesterday in Lubbock and will be about as warm next few days, in fact, a few degrees warmer.

The SW breeze will pick up both today and tomorrow, helping to warm it into the lower 70s. There will be some high clouds both days, as well.

TURNING COLDER: The next cold front will move across our area tomorrow night, setting up a colder weekend. This won't be the strongest front of the young winter season, but it will knock the temperature down. Our high will be in the upper 40s Friday then mid 40s Saturday and Sunday.

An upper-level storm system will drop down the Pacific Coast next few days, eventually moving our way this weekend. This will bring a chance for showers late Friday, ramping up to a better chance Saturday. This mainly looks like rain. But if the storm system is strong enough and showers continue late enough Saturday night, there could be some snow, especially north and east of Lubbock. But right now it mainly looks like rain for our area, more snow/ice into Oklahoma. If we do see any snow the time for it would be late Saturday night into Sunday morning.

One good note for our parched area is models show a pretty good setup for soaking rain this weekend, now looking like we could pick up more than 1/2" of rain with some spots better than 1".

NEXT WEEK: Quiet weather good for travel, with the high in the 50s through Christmas.


SEVERE WEATHER: Guidance is pointing toward a risk for severe thunderstorms Saturday from South Central Texas into parts of the Tennessee Valley. The Storm Prediction Center has highlighted this area in red below, which will be refined as we get closer.


Have a great day. Rudy will have the latest on this weekend's rain setup later today.
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