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TODAY: The wind has returned out of the south this morning, which will bring a warming trend next few days. This morning it's in the 30s and upper 20s, with the wind chill in the 20s. It'll warm to around 61 in Lubbock, S wind breezy at 12-25mph. The southern branch of the jet stream is brining Pacific moisture overhead, and those clouds will continue through today, leading to a partly cloudy sky. Here are the projected highs for the area:
NEXT FEW DAYS: It looks like most of the area will avoid a freeze in the mornings...though areas northwest of Lubbock may freeze tomorrow morning. We'll warm back to the low to mid 70s next couple afternoons. The south breeze will continue. By late tomorrow into Friday low-level moisture should return, with dew points in the 40s, eventually to around 50 by Saturday morning. This means the air will get more humid, in response to the approaching storm system out west.
CHANCE FOR RAIN: There could be a few isolated showers or thunderstorms late Friday. Some global models and a few high-resolution models show this slight chance. The better chance for rain and thunderstorms comes on Saturday, as the strong upper-level storm system approaches. Moisture will be the limiting factor, which is why we're holding the chance at 30% right now. The better chance for rain and storms will be east of our area late Saturday night into Sunday morning, where moisture will be more plentiful.
NEXT WEEK: It'll turn cooler Sunday behind the storm system. There might be a few wrap-around showers early Sunday morning, but it'll only reach the 50s Sunday. It should be back in the 70s by Tuesday.
SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS: As we continue in severe weather awareness week today we look at what you should do when a warning is issued. In a severe thunderstorm warning you have to take the storm seriously, a warning means the wind or hail could cause damage. Get inside a substantial structure. If you can, tie down loose objects in the yard and get your vehicle under a carport or in a garage before the storm moves in.
During a tornado warning you want to get to the lowest level of your home. Put as many walls as you can between you and the outside. This is usually a closet or bathroom. Even in the case of strong tornadoes, we often see the other rooms torn apart but that central room is still standing. Cover yourself with a blanket or towels, and even helmets of any kind are a good idea to protect your head.
Have a great day, Rudy will have your updated forecast later this afternoon.