Storm chances through end of the week

Reported by: Rudy Pearce
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Updated: 8/07/2013 6:09 pm
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Scattered showers and thunderstorms continue to spread across the South Plains as of this writing. Storm motion is to the northeast at about 20mph and the strongest storms this evening will be capable of producing wind gusts in excess of 40mph, frequent cloud-to-ground lightning and brief heavy rainfall. You can keep an eye on all the storms across the region with our live streaming radar below.
Some rain and possibly even a few weak storms could last overnight into early tomorrow morning. Rainfall amounts have not been all that impressive so far although some locations could pick up to half of an inch of rain if lucky. Click here for a look at the 24 hour rainfall totals from the West Texas Mesonet Sites.

It was another hot day across the South Plains with most of us warming into the upper 90s and 100s. The only exceptions are areas that saw rain today which were still warm, just not quite as hot. Below is a look at some of our morning lows and afternoon highs from today as of 6pm. I will update them when they become final this evening.


Tomorrow and Friday’s forecast remains tricky as a lot of the forecast hinges on the location and timing of a cold front which model solutions are far apart on. In fact, some models bring the cold front into our northern counties by tomorrow afternoon while others have it 150 miles to the north and don’t bring it through until Friday. We currently will go with a forecast that more or less splits the two model solutions that are the farthest apart in the middle.

A cold front will move down into the Texas Panhandle and stay just to the north of us tomorrow. It will be another hot day for all of us as we warm into the upper 90s and 100s. We have another slight chance for rain and storms, this time mainly to the north of Lubbock. The front will move through on Friday and by the afternoon we will have a slight chance for storms around the location of the front which should be across our southern counties. If the front were to move through faster and clear the area by the afternoon then our rain chances would be lower.

Once the front passes temperatures won’t be quite as hot, warming into the upper 80s and lower 90s each afternoon. We will hold on to a slight chance for rain on Saturday but a lot of that depends on what happens with the front on Friday. High pressure builds back in at the beginning of next week which will help warm our temperatures back into the mid to upper 90s.

I hope you have had a great day so far! I will give you a full update on any rain still across the South Plains tonight on the News at Nine. Matt will have a full updated forecast for you tomorrow morning.
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