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WINDY MORNING: We've got a west wind around 20-30mph to start the day, several locations already reporting gusts over 35mph. It's a sign of things to come for today. There were a few light showers over the Texas Panhandle and northern South Plains last night, but it only amounted to trace amounts most of the area...most of that rain evaporated before getting down to the ground. It's also mild, temperature in the upper 40s and low 50s now.
WINDY DAYS: Windy and warm, high temp near 77 in Lubbock. The west wind will average 20-30mph this morning dropping off to around 20-25mph later this afternoon. With the strong wind and relative humidity dropping below 20 percent, the National Weather Service has posted a red flag warning for Lubbock and most of our area. This means not outdoor burning. A small spark or a discareded cigarette could be all it takes to start a huge fire. Here is the area forecast:
It'll be a little warmer tomorrow most of our area. The wind probably won't as strong, but still W/SW around 15-28mph, with gusts over 35mph. The cold front to our north may edge into the northeastern part of our area. If this happens it'll be cooler around Quitaque, Silverton and Turkey...but it's still a pretty good chance the front stays north of these communities.
MUCH COLDER: All of us will see that front push through tomorrow night into Sunday. This front is sliding across much of the nation, ushering in much colder air. This morning there are still some computer runs suggesting as warm as 65 or 70 here...but we'll side with the colder guidance, which has it in the 40s. In fact, some computer runs are suggesting only about 40 Sunday. This is one of those tricky temp forecasts. The wind will be gusty out of the N/NE 12-22mph, making it feel colder.
There could be a few brief rain showers Sunday. The chance doesn't look good, but a few areas might see some brief rain. Farther north in the Panhandle, this could be a little snow.
NEXT WEEK: It starts cold, struggling to hit 40 Monday. We'll see milder weather by the second half of the week.
DRY YEAR: We'll put the wraps on February with only 0.16" of precipitation at Lubbock's airport for the year. While these two months are usually dry, we're running 1.21" below the YTD average. Last year by this time we had 2.23" of precip.
Have a great weekend. Rudy will have a full forecast update later today, Caitlin will have the updates here this weekend.