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COLD, COLD, COLD: If this were December or January it wouldn't be that big of a deal, but the temperature has dropped sharply with a strong north wind. This morning the north wind is around 25-30mph with gusts over 40mph...temp in the 30s, wind chill in the teens and low 20s. To show the strength of the front look at these observations in Lubbock last night:
10p: 74, S 12mph
11p: 76, S 23mph
12M: 76, S 20mph, Gusts to 35
1a: 47, N 29, Gusts to 41, blowing dust
2a: 42, N 29, Gusts to 38
3a: 39, N 33, Gusts to 41
4a: 37, N 29, Gusts to 38
5a: 35, N 29, Gusts to 43
6a: 33, N 32, Gusts to 43
REST OF TODAY: Windy this morning with a gradual decrease through the afternoon. Lubbock's high near 51, partly cloudy by the afternoon. It should be a little cooler east of the city clouds hanging on a little longer. If the clouds don't break at all this afternoon then it'll be cooler area-wide. Here is our forecast:
FREEZE TONIGHT: Lubbock's low near 28. The good news is the wind will be much lighter. But we do expecct a freeze area-wide, make sure to take the steps to protect any new vegitation or anything else that a freeze could hurt.
REST OF THE WEEK: It's a gradual warming trend...low 60s tomorrow, upper 60s Thursday then low 80s Friday. There is an upper-level storm system moving in from the Southwest, but the rain prospects look low by the time it nears Thursday.
WEEKEND: Mild mornings in the mid-50s, highs in the mid-80s. The GFS model has shown the dry line getting active, leading to some thunderstorms Sunday and Monday. The European model doesn't have this, but does show some rain by Tuesday. With a large range in solutions from model to model and from run to run confidence is low in any rain at this point.
Rudy will have a full update to the forecast later today. Have a good day.