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It was a mostly cloudy and cool day thanks to a front that moved through overnight. Due to the timing of when the front moved through we had a temperature setup in which the warmest temperatures for today took place right after midnight as we then had temperatures in the mid 60s. The temperatures this afternoon held in the mid 50s.
Temperatures tomorrow will be right around average but the big story will be the strong wind. In the morning we will see a sustained wind of about 15-25mph becoming 25-35mph in the afternoon. As a strong cold front moves through during the evening we could see sustained wind speeds up to 45mph. Wind gusts will be about 45-50mph in the afternoon and up to 55-60mph in the evening. This has prompted the National Weather Service to issue a Wind Advisory and Red Flag Warning for the South Plains. As is always the case when we have very strong wind and dry conditions do not burn anything outside and avoid doing anything that could spark a wildfire. It will also likely be a very “brown” day with lots of dust and dirt blown around. A more organized dust storm is possible Saturday evening as the cold front moves through as it will produce a tight gradient of very strong winds.
The cold front will bring in much colder air. We will start off Sunday morning in the mid 20s, but with breezy north winds the wind chill values will likely be down in the teens or even single digits in a few places. The wind will eventually relax by Sunday afternoon but temperatures will only warm into the 40s and low 50s. We will stay well below average for a couple of days but then eventually warm back into the 60s and 70s by the middle to end of next week.
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Even though it looks like the weekend will be nasty I hope it’s a good one for you! I will step you through the busy forecast tonight on the News at Nine and Caitlin will have all the updates for you this weekend.