Good setup for soaking rain today into tomorrow

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Updated: 12/20/2013 7:20 am
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THIS MORNING: A cold front is moving across the South Plains, wind shifting out of the north wind the temperature in the 20s over the Panhandle, 30s and 40s over the South Plains. Meanwhile, a strong upper-level storm system is moving into southern Arizona. This storm system will move our way, should pass across the area tomorrow. It's ahead of this system where the good lift for rain is.

TODAY: We start with a lot of clouds and it'll be mostly cloudy to overcast. Behind the front most of the area will stay in the 40s, wind NE becoming SE 5-15mph. We could see some rain through mid-day, but most of the rain at this time will be across Southern New Mexico, the Permian Basin and Far West Texas. We should begin to see more showers move into the area through the afternoon.

The best timeframe for rain here runs from about 7 p.m. through early tomorrow morning. We'll see the rain taper off from west to east tomorrow morning. It might get cold enough for some of the rain to become a wintry mix northeast of Lubbock, but we don't expect any major problems here. Here is a live stream of the radar:

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There is a winter storm warning to our west, around Ruidoso and the Sacramento and Capitan Mountains. Some 4" to 8" snow accumulations out that way today into tomorrow, with greater snow totals over 8500' elevation. Winter storm warning in pink. Also, winter storm watch in blue for snow later tonight into tomorrow across NE New Mexico.


Over the eastern Texas Panhandle a winter weather advisory in white for lighter snow and mixed precip accumulations. This is roughly Amarillo and points north and east in the Panhandle.

SEVERE WEATHER: There is a risk for severe storms east of I-35 in Texas running over to Alabama and up to Ohio tomorrow. Standard risk in yellow, enhanced moderate risk in red:


NEXT WEEK: Another front will move through knocking Sunday's high into the lower 40s. We'll see lots of sunshine in the coming days. A front should move through early on Christmas Day knocking the high back down around 50.


Check back here for updates as this storm system moves across the region. Rudy will have more later today.
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