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updated 9:35 a.m.
The official recording site at the airport dropped to 19° this morning, setting a new record low for the date. Previous record was 20°, set on this date in 1996 and 1955. Here are some of the coldest readings from the area on the TTU Mesonet:
Dora, NM 15
posted 5:43 a.m.
QUIET START TO WEEK: The strong upper-level storm system that brought the front through here with lots of wind and dirt Saturday then the cold weather yesterday and this morning is now spinning across parts of the Ohio Valley. In its wake we've got a northwesterly flow aloft reinforcing the cold air.
We begin today with the temperature in the 20s and even a few teens, light northerly wind. Duration of the freeze in Lubbock will run around 10-11 hours, even longer north of the city, with the temp making it above freezing between 9 and 10 a.m. It'll be a mainly sunny, cold day with the high in Lubbock near 49. Wind N/NE 5-12mph. Here are the area forecast highs:
NEXT FEW DAYS: It'll again be well below the average tonight, low in the 20s with some teens NW of the city. Tomorrow it'll be sunny and a little warmer, near 60. Mid-70s return Wednesday.
The large-scale focus is on a large storm system approaching the West Coast by the weekend. Ahead of it some small upper-level impulses will move across our region and could lead to isolated thunderstorm development by late in the week. That large storm system will also draw moisture up into the region, providing the fuel for those storms.
Low-level moisture will begin to return Thursday, but it doesn't look like much of a chance at storms. The chance does look a little better Friday and Saturday, with possibly a front to our north and also the possibility the dry line will sharpen just a bit. At this time of year it'll usually be areas east of Lubbock that have the moisture for storms, but we'll wait and see.
It's too far out to tell how the smaller-scale features will develop, which will be key to whether we see any rain. These features also determine if and where a severe threat would be. Right now nothing stands out as being too strong. There may be the chance for rain and storms early next week as the large storm system out west finally moves this way. Sunrise Easter Sunday morning is 7:36 a.m.
While the rain chance isn't great yet, it is good for at least something in the longer-range outlook. We still haven't had any rain in Lubbock this month.
Have a great day! Rudy will have your complete forecast update later today.