Windy, mild today

Reported by: Matt Ernst
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Updated: 3/18/2014 8:12 am
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THIS MORNING: It's better than 20 degrees warmer than this time yesterday...40s and 50s across the South Plains. The wind is starting to pick up out of the west, a sign of things to come today.

WINDY DAY: The W wind will average 20-32mph today, wind gusts occasionally 40-45mph. The strongest wind will likely be mid-day, backing off a small bit through the afternoon. A few surface boundaries or fronts will move across the area today. The first one is leading to the wind shift out of the west this morning. Later this evening a front will work through, bringing cooler air in place tomorrow.

We'll likely have some blowing dust today. A red flag warning is posted for Lubbock, the South Plains and much of the region because it'll be so dry and windy. This means no outdoor burning, conditions are perfect for a few sparks or a small fire to turn into a big problem.

If you're going to the Texas Tech baseball game this evening, it doesn't look as bad as last week's wall of dirt. The wind will shift out of the north this evening. But last week the shift came with a N wind around 35mph, gusting to 50. Tonight it'll be around 20-25mph, gusting past 30. It still will be a breezy to windy night.

NEXT FEW DAYS: Afer a light freeze tomorrow morning, we'll warm back to the 60s with lots of sun and a lighter S/SE wind. The SW breeze will kick up Thursday and Friday, helping to warm us well into the 70s.

WEEKEND: A front should roll through Friday night/Saturday morning, which will cool off the weekend. We expect more clouds Sunday into Monday, but the rain chance doesn't look that good here. We might see some sprinkles. It looks like the weekend rain chance will be downstate. It should turn cool again by about next Tue-Wed.


Have a great day. Rudy will have a complete update to your forecast later today.
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