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updated 9:37 a.m.
From our friends at the National Weather Service Lubbock office...this is the second latest measurable snowfall in Lubbock on record. Records go back just over a century. This doesn't count trace amounts of snow, but an actual measurement. In the 8 a.m. hour the airport had picked up 0.3" of snow, 0.5" on the South Loop. Still atop the list is April 12, 1980. We missed that record by just two days.
Also, the low temp of 22 this morning broke the previous record low for the date of 26. The record for all of April still stands, at 18 degrees.
updated 8:40 a.m.
The snow will end around Lubbock in the 9 a.m. hour and should diminish for the area by late morning. Though it's been some light snow and sleet, falling sideways because of the wind, there have been several wrecks around the city. The West Loop and Marsha Sharp Freeway from the Loop to Slide were down to a crawl in the 7 a.m .hour. Roads are getting better now. They were mainly wet with some icy patches...but things are improving now.
posted 5:58 a.m.
COLD TODAY: You knew when the cold front moved through yesterday, with gusty north wind and dust. What was remarkable was the stark contrast in the temperature across our area and across the state. High in the state yesterday was Laredo at 108, lowest Dalhart at 29. In just our area around 5 p.m. we had 40 at Friona and Dimmitt with 90 at Snyder.
The biggest issue this morning is the north wind, sustained around 25mph with a few areas over the SW Panhandle closer to 30mph. The wind is gusting higher. With the temperature in the 20s and low 30s the wind is dropping the wind chill into the teens and single digits. Record low temp for Lubbock on today's date is 26...we've been down to 28 through 4:30 a.m. Here is the current temp:
There are a few isolated to widely scattered rain/sleet/snow showers. We aren't too terribly concerned with accumulations, though some light totals could fall north of Lubbock. The ground is warm, we haven't had any reports in of problems on the roads. Farther east, off of the Caprock, there is more instability. There are thundershowers just east of our area, east of U.S. 83. We can't rule out some thundersleet or thundersnow, especially northeast of Lubbock.
Here is the radar live stream:Streaming video by Ustream
Any rain/sleet/snow should end by mid-day. The wind will gradually back off into the breezy category, N 10-20mph, by the afternoon. It'll only make the 40s across most of the area.
FREEZE TONIGHT: Another freeze is on the way tonight. We expect about 29 in Lubbock, light wind and mainly clear sky.
REST OF THE WEEK: It'll warm back to the 60s tomorrow, 70s Friday and Saturday, 80s by Sunday. A relatively quiet pattern is upcoming. The dry line may develop this weekend, but if it does it'd probably be east of our area....keeping us in the dry and breezy setup.
Have a great day and stay warm. Rudy will have a full update to the forecast later today.