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A strong cold front is moving through the South Plains as of this writing and ushering in windy conditions and very cold air. Currently there is a 50° temperature spread across the South Plains with a temperature of 40° in Dimmitt and Tulia and 90° in Snyder! Below is a look at the current temperature.
The wind has picked up to be between 25-35mph behind the front and will stay pretty strong overnight. Below is a look at the current wind speeds across the region.
It still looks like we could see some rain and even some wintry precipitation tonight into tomorrow morning. While all of us have a chance to see some rain the best chance for wintry precipitation will be held across our northern counties. Rainfall amounts look to be light and any snow, sleet or freezing rain we see should also lead to only minor accumulations but there still is a concern for hazardous roadways from the wintry weather. Due to this concern the National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Hale, Floyd, Motley, Cottle, Swisher, Briscoe and Hall counties until tomorrow morning. Below is a graphic showing the counties under the Winter Weather Advisory.
We could start to see some precipitation move into the South Plains around 7 or 8 o’clock this evening but it currently looks like most of it will spread across the area between 10-2. Below is a snapshot from our Microcast computer model showing the setup at 1am.
You can keep an eye on all the action with our live streaming radar below.
All activity should push east by tomorrow morning but we will be left with a chilly day. Most if not all of us will start off with freezing temperatures tomorrow morning and the wind will still be between 15-25mph. When you factor in the wind, the wind chill values will be in the teens and low 20s. The wind will calm by the afternoon and the sky will clear but temperatures only warm into the upper 40s and lower 50s. We expect another area wide freeze on Thursday morning but then temperatures warm back to around the average values to round out the week. We will continue to warm to above average temperatures to start off next week with chances for rain looking slim to none after tonight.
I will have an update on what to expect tonight on the News at Nine and Matt will have a complete updated forecast for you tomorrow morning.