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WARMER WEEKEND: Upper-level ridging is moving across our region. That higher pressure aloft leads to warm and mainly sunny days. There is a good deck of clouds across New Mexico, thanks to a minor disturbance over the Four Corners. This means we'll see a mostly sunny to partly cloudy day, high in Lubbock near 79. The wind will kick up SW 15-25mph with some occasional higher gusts.
Here are the projected highs for the area:
It'll get even warmer next few days, mid-80s both tomorrow and Sunday. A few forecast models show a weak front moving across the Panhandle into our northern counties. This should keep it in the 70s over the Panhandle, around Amarillo. Near the front there may even be an isolated storm late tomorrow, but this should be well northeast of Lubbock.
NEXT WEEK: A large storm system will move across the western United States. This will draw moisture up onto the Plains. But, in typical early April fashion, models show the moisture staying east of here. We'll watch to see if it can make it back to the Rolling Plains for a few storms Monday or Tuesday. Right now it looks like the dry line will be east of our area, making for warm and windy days here. A cold front will move through Tuesday or Wednesday, knocking the temp down a bit by mid-week.
The Storm Prediction Center is highlighting a large portion of the Southern Plains for a potential severe weater outbreak next week:
Red D4 is monday into early Tuesday, purple Day 5 is Tuesday into early Wednesday, green Day 6 is Wednesday into early Thursday. With a strong upper-level storm system and a strong surface low and dry line forecast to develop there will be the possibility for large hail and tornadoes across those areas...all well east of here.
Have a great weekend. Rudy will have the next forecast update later today, Caitlin will have your forecast through the weekend.