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COOLER TODAY: A cold front moved through last night, which kicked up the north wind. That wind has been slowly fading through the morning and that trend will continue rest of today. N wind this morning around 15mph will drop off through the afternoon. It's also going to be much cooler today, high in Lubbock near 54. We hit 81 yesterday. Average high for today is 64. Sunset tonight 6:47 p.m.
NEXT FEW DAYS: Another freeze for most of the area tonight, then it looks like milder nights are on the way. We'll also see a gradual warming trend in the afternoons, from near 60 tomorrow to the 70s Thursday and Friday. It'll be breezy each afternoon, as well.
NEXT CHANCE FOR RAIN: An upper-level storm system that's now over the Pacific will eventually drop toward the Desert Southwest by late this week. This will bring our next chance for rain. A few model runs have suggested an isolated shower or thunderstorm late Friday night. Right now it appears the best chance for rain will be on Saturday. It's not a lock yet, models continue to differ on where the storm system will move, and thus, where the best setup for rain will be.
But at least we've seen signals from the American GFS, European and Canadian models on some rain in the area Saturday, possibly lingering into early Sunday. Behind this storm system it'll turn a little cooler Sunday into Monday. We spring forward, move the clocks ahead this weekend...Saturday night into Sunday.
SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS: Be sure you and each member of your family knows the difference between a watch and a warning. A severe thunderstorm watch or tornado watch means there is the potential for severe weather in the coming hours. A severe thunderstorm warning for your area means there is a severe storm moving into your area or in your area right now. Criteria for this warning is hail of at leats one inch diameter or wind gusts of at least 58mph. A tornado warning is issued when a tornado has been spotted or radar data suggests it's highly likely a tornado is out there.
In a watch be ready for severe weather, in a warning take action. This time of year is when to review your severe weather plan with your family. Make sure you have multiple ways to get watches and warnings, don't wait for when the storms are out there to start planning.
Severe weather awareness week runs all week here in Texas and across much of the nation.
Have a great day! Rudy will have the next forecast update later this afternoon.