A wind advisory has been issued for the South Plains as a cold front pushes south across the region. Wind speeds from 30-40mph with gusts up to 55mph are possible. Winds this strong could make traveling difficult at times especially for high profile vehicles traveling east or west. Visibility could also be reduced in areas where dust and dirt are blown around. Below is a graphic showing the wind advisory which lasts until 3am Tuesday morning.
Below is a look at the current wind speeds across the South Plains.
The original blow post with our full forecast for the rest of the week is below.
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For the second straight day we warmed into the 80s this afternoon which is the first time we have done that since last November. Below is a look at some of our morning lows and afternoon highs from today.
A cold front will move through the South Plains tonight ushering in a strong north wind from 15-25mph with gusts at times up to 35mph. There could be some light rain and snow across the Texas Panhandle but we don’t expect any precipitation here across the South Plains. Thanks to the front we will be about 25 degrees cooler tomorrow afternoon compared to the past couple of days but overall it will be a nice day as the wind will calm in the morning and we will stay under a sunny sky.
Temperatures will gradually warm the rest of the week as the wind shifts back to the south and is fairly breezy each day.
Models have consistently shown an upper-level low pressure system track across the Desert Southwest and eventually our region by the end of this week and coming up weekend. We will see moisture pool across the region ahead of this storm system and then if it moves by as shown we should have a pretty good chance for rain. Currently the main question is when exactly this system will pass by as models differ by about 12-24 hours. The window for rain looks as early as late Friday night and as late as Sunday with the best chance being on Saturday. This system is currently over the Pacific so we will have a much better grasp on it once it moves over land and we can get better upper-air samples.
** This week is Severe Weather Awareness week across the country so each day we will have some tidbits of information for you regarding severe weather. Today’s topic is when and where is severe weather most prominent. While severe weather can take place anywhere across the nation at any time of the year it is most prominent across a region referred to as “Tornado Alley”. This spans from South Dakota down to Texas over to Alabama and up to Indiana including everybody in between. Below is a graphic showing “Tornado Alley”. “Severe Weather Season” typically refers to the time from late spring into early summer when we see most of our annual severe weather events. This is the case for most of the nation including us here in the South Plains as we have typically seen most of our severe weather events from late May into early June. Tomorrow we will cover what the difference is between a watch and a warning. Year round we have links to severe weather safety tips in the weather section of myfoxlubbock.com and under the weather tab on the FOX 34 News app.**
I hope you had a great weekend and enjoyed the warm temperatures! I will give you the latest on the progress of the cold front tonight on the News at Nine and Matt will have an updated forecast for you tomorrow morning.