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08/18/12 4PM Update
A severe Thunderstorm watch is in effect until 9pm Saturday night for Castro, Swisher, Briscoe, Hall, Hale, Floyd, Motley, Cottle, Crosby, Dickens and Kent counties. This means conditions are favorable for storms on a severe scale to occur. Main threats with these storms are damaging winds in excess of 58 mph and large hail. An updated forecast and Weather Blog will posted shortly. A live stream of the current radar is available below, in the previous blog.
Rain has finally made its way into Lubbock after avoiding the city over the last few rain events. The area rainfall totals from the last 24 hours can be found at this link
. But the rain is not over yet! chances for thunderstorms continue into this evening with a 30% chance. Those storms will be isolated in nature as we also drop to the upper 60s for an overnight low tonight.Live video from your Android device on Ustream
Cooler temperatures have arrived to the South Plains! The rain we saw earlier in the day as well as overcast skies throughout the day has kept Lubbock a little cooler than at first expected. Below average temperatures will hang around into your Saturday with a high only around 87 degrees because of a cold front slowly pushing itself through the region, but we will have an even greater chance for storms once Saturday afternoon arrives and into Saturday night and early Sunday morning. National Weather Service has issued a slight risk for severe weather for most of the South Plains which means thse storms could produce winds in excess of 58 mph.
Rainfall totals by the HPC for the next three days are as follows:
The latter half of the weekend will be even cooler with highs only in the mid 80s as that front exits the area and more cool air funnels into the South Plains. We will continue to have about a 30% chance of storms all the way through Sunday, but we should be drying up once again for the start of the work week with temperatures back into the mid to upper 80s.
There may be a small push by some slightly cooler air to return briefly on Tuesday with another slight chance for storms but for the most part we will gradually start to climb back up towards more average temperatures by the middle of next week.
Enjoy your weekend, and tune into FOX News at 9 tonight!