Very windy tomorrow, much colder beginning Sunday

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Updated: 3/22/2013 11:25 am
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updated 11:25 a.m.

The low clouds have been pretty persistent today. Visible satellite right now shows the clouds thinning some over the Panhandle and also south over the Permian Basin...we're somewhat stuck between. We should still see some breaks to get the temp into the 60s.

The latest run of the NAM model has the clouds in place all day with a high near 50. If the clouds don't break then it'll be that much colder than the forecast. Unfortuantely, the latest guidance is still on track with very strong wind for tomorrow.

posted 7:11 a.m.


FIRST FRONT: We're watching two cold fronts that will move across our area next few days. This first one isn't terribly strong, but is making it breezy this morning and will drop the high temp by about 15 to 20 degrees from yesterday. This morning we've got a north wind 15-20mph with higher gusts, temperature dropping a bit.

The wind will relax into the afternoon, becoming N/NE 5-15mph. High in Lubbock near 64, mostly cloudy morning, partly cloudy afternoon. The front should stay south of our area this afternoon. But if it retreats just a little bit we could see mid-70s around Hobbs and Seminole. Right now it looks like mid-70s will stay down in the Permian Basin, but it will get to around 70 over the SW South Plains:

 
 
 


Clouds will increase this evening. There could be a few sprinkles north of Lubbock, but the chance for measurable rain is low. There could even be some patchy fog tonight.

WINDY TOMORROW: As a strong upper-level storm system traverses our region to the north we'll get strong wind tomorrow. If you're running in the Color Run or have a game tomorrow morning it'll be breezy, SW wind 12-22mph, temp in the upper 40s. But the wind will quickly ramp up, SW/W 25-35mph in the afternoon with some gusts around 55mph. The wind should be even stronger north of Lubbock. This will lead to a nasty, dusty afternoon. For comparison, the wind was gusting around 40-45mph yesterday.

SECOND FRONT: The stronger front will move across the area tomorrow night. The wind will shift out of the north and stay gusty into Sunday morning. It'll drop to the upper 20s, wind chill in the teens Sunday morning. Both Sunday and Monday afternoons it'll only reach the 40s.

NEXT WEEK: It should warm up by Wednesday, back to the mid 60s. The storm track looks more active late next week into the following week. Obviously that's too far out for any details, but it's a trend we'll watch to see if we can get any rain here. It might just be more wind as each storm system moves through.

 
 
 


MYWARN: We've told you for quite some time about the MyWarn app. It's a great app that alerts you to severe weather based on your location. It won't bother you if another part of the county has a storm but you're in the clear. We've heard from several Android users asking when the app would be ready...it's been out for iOS devices.

Andorid users, the app is now ready. There is a special one-time price for both versions of $9.99. It's available on the Google Play Market and Apple app store.

Have a great day and a terrific weekend. Rudy will have the latest update to the forecast later today, Caitlin will have the updates this weekend.
-Matt
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