UPDATED: After soaking rain, clearing this weekend

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Updated: 12/21/2013 10:28 am
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updated 10:28 a.m. Saturday

Matt here with a quick check of the rain totals. We picked up some nice, soaking rain last night into this morning. It was just over half an inch at Lubbock's airport. Looking at just yesterday, 0.48" fell at Lubbock's airport, the most in one day since 1.11" fell October 13.

Many communities picked up over an inch, the winner Spur at 1.63" as of 10 a.m. Here are some of the top totals in our area on the Texas Tech Mesonet:

Post 1.60"
Guthrie 1.58"
White River Lake 1.53"
Lamesa 1.52"
Paducah 1.47"

Gail 1.41"
Fluvanna 1.40"
O'Donnell 1.39"
Jayton 1.39"
Hobbs 1.23"
Tahoka 1.07"
Snyder 1.06"

Northfield 1.03"
Roaring Springs 1.02"
Slaton 0.94"
Ralls 0.91"
Seminole 0.86"
Brownfield 0.85"
Seagraves 0.84"
Wolfforth 0.80"

posted Friday afternoon
Our high temperatures from today were from early this morning before the cold front moved through when we were in the 40s and 50s. Since then temperatures have stayed in the 30s all day with scattered showers continuing to move through the region. You can keep an eye on all the rain with our live streaming radar below.
Scattered showers will continue tonight with some heavy rain at times. As of this writing we have already received over half of an inch of rain in several locations, with all of us possibly seeing that and some locations well over an inch by the time all the rain is gone. Click here for a look at the 24 hour rainfall totals from the West Texas Mesonet sites and since rain will continue into tomorrow morning you can click here for a look at the 72 hour rainfall totals from the West Texas Mesonet sites.
Most of us will avoid a freeze tomorrow morning as we start off in the mid 30s but some of our northern communities could cool down to a light freeze. This means some freezing rain is possible for a brief period of time but no major accumulations are expected. All rain will end from west to east tomorrow morning and we will stay under a mostly cloudy sky with temperatures warming to around 50° tomorrow afternoon. Another cold front moves through late tomorrow night but besides bringing in another surge of cold air, it won’t have a major effect on us. Temperatures on Sunday will be cold, staying in the 40s in the afternoon with partly cloudy conditions. Clouds clear out and near average temperatures with quiet weather are then expected the rest of next week.

If you are traveling anywhere over the next couple of days, hazardous weather is expected just about all around us. Severe thunderstorms are possible across the eastern third of Texas and points to the east/northeast tomorrow and on Sunday. An ice storm is possible across Oklahoma this weekend while blizzard conditions are possible across the Sacramento Mountains in eastern New Mexico, including Ruidoso and Cloudcroft, tonight into tomorrow morning. Please be careful when traveling and stay tuned into the weather.

I hope you have a great weekend and Christmas week! I will step you through the forecast tonight on the News at Nine and Caitlin will have all the updates this weekend plus will be filling in for me for the first part of next week. I wish you and your family a Merry Christmas!
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