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THIS MORNING: A powerful upper-level storm system over the Rockies is bringing snow from Colorado up into Wyoming. Ahead of the system severe storms are ongoing across parts of Iowa. All the active weather will stay to our north, but we'll get a strong cold front tonight. Ahead of the front it's in the 60s and 70s with a gusty SW wind.
TODAY: It'll warm ahead of the cold front, low 90s for much of the area. Mid 80s are forecast for the Panhandle. SW wind through the day 10-20mph. The cold front should enter our northern communities late afternoon/early evening and clear the area by early Saturday morning. An isolated shower or thunderstorm is possible east of Lubbock this afternoon, though the better chance is farther northeast of here, up into Oklahoma. A risk for severe storms runs from Oklahoma up to the Upper Midwest, enhanced risk across parts of Iowa.
You'll know when the front gets here...N wind will kick up 20-30mph with higher gusts. Be ready for a windy end to tonight's football games and the First Friday Art Trail. Around 7 p.m. tonight it'll be in the upper 70s, falling to the upper 50s by 10 p.m., north wind increasing.
COLD MORNINGS: Behind the front it'll fall to near 40 in Lubbock, mid to upper 30s northwest of the city. It'll feel colder because of the N wind 10-20mph tomorrow morning.
The wind will be lighter Sunday morning, allowing for the temperature to fall more. We're forecasting 37 in Lubbock. In the dry air with light wind and a clear sky the temperature can drop much lower in spots. A light freeze is possible Sunday morning over the SW Panhandle and northern and western South Plains, favoring areas around Muleshoe, Friona, Bovina, Amherst, Dimmitt. If it does drop to the freeze mark it shouldn't last long, but a heads up.
NEXT WEEK: Sunny and warmer weather until Thursday. That's probably our next chance at some rain, though it's nothing definitive at this point.
TEXAS TECH FORECAST: A cool, breezy day for the Red Raiders and Jayhawks tomorrow. Some severe storms are possible this afternoon and tonight, but should clear out early in the morning. Kickoff temp in the low 50s, upper 50s late in the game.
Have a great weekend. Rudy will have your updated forecast this afternoon, Caitlin will have the updates through the weekend.