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THIS MORNING: Another clear and relatively mild start, temperature in the 50s and 60s across the area, SW wind 8-12mph. Moisture has returned to roughly the eastern half of the area.
TODAY: It looks like today will be similar to yesterday, where the moisture hangs on for the Rolling Plains, keeping the temp a little lower east of Lubbock. The wind will get a little stronger than yesterday, SW 12-25mph with the wind lower and S/SE off of the Caprock. There could be a few patches of dust this afternoon. High temp this afternoon around 93 in Lubbock. Here is the area forecast:
TOMORROW: A strong upper-level storm system now over Idaho will be moving across the Rockies, dragging a cold front down into our area. It looks like we'll warm up ahead of the front, to around 90 Lubbock, low to mid 90s south of the city. We should have a pretty good temperature range by the afternoon, with only upper 70s from Clovis to Dimmitt. The wind will be breezy from the SW most of the day.
As the front moves south there may be enough moisture for a few isolated storms east of Lubbock. The better chance should stay east of our area, into N Cntrl Texas and Oklahoma. The front will move through tomorrow evening, kicking up the north wind 20-30mph with gusts over 40mph and the temperature falling. Be ready for a colder and windy night for Friday night football and the First Friday Art Trail. 7p temp around 78 in Lubbock, falling into the 50s by 10p.
WEEKEND: Much drier and coler air will build in behind the front. Saturday morning should fall to near 40 in Lubbock with the wind chill in the 30s...the wind gradually diminishing by Saturday afternoon. After a day in the 60s it'll again fall to the upper 30s to low 40s Sunday morning, much lighter wind.
For the typically cooler SW Panhandle, some frost can't be ruled out Saturday or Sunday mornings. The wind will be lighter to support this Sunday morning.
NEXT WEEK: Dry, sunny and warmer pattern...no good sign of any rain.
Have a great day. Rudy will have the next forecast update later today.
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