LUBBOCK, Texas — KLBK Chief Meteorologist Jacob Riley has your Saturday night weather update.
This evening: Clear and fresh. Minimum of 41°. Winds SE→SW 10-15 MPH.
Tomorrow: Sunny and warm. Threat of fire. Maximum of 87°. Winds NW→NE 15-20 MPH.
Our skies will clear overnight tonight as temperatures drop into the 30s and 40s by sunrise on Sunday! We are not expected to fall below zero. However; If you have pets or potted plants outside, you may want to bring them just to be safe. Winds will shift from southeast to southwest, with gusts up to 25 MPH.
Easter Sunday is expected to be hot and windy in West Texas and Eastern New Mexico! Highs will range from low 80s to low 90s under sunny skies! Winds will change from the northwest at the start of the day to the northeast at sunset. Gusts as high as 35 to 40 MPH will result in a high threat to fire weather conditions, especially in western regions. A cold front will move in late Sunday evening bringing colder air and stronger winds overnight. Gusts as high as 30-40 MPH will be possible. Lows will dip into the 30s to 50s by sunrise Monday.
Due to our cold front, highs will be slightly below average on Monday. Temperatures will only peak in the mid-60s to mid-70s. We will keep partly cloudy skies around the area, with east-southeast winds around 15-20 MPH. Gusts over 30 MPH are expected. Clouds will increase later in the day as our next storm system begins to approach from the west. This will result in warmer nighttime temperatures, with the lows only cooling between the mid-40s and upper 50s.
For the first time since LOOOOONG times, we are talking about rain!!! Showers and thunderstorms will most likely be over the eastern areas on Tuesday, but a chance of rain will be possible for the eastern two-thirds of the KLBK viewing area! Some of these storms may produce mildly severe hail. Fortunately, an outbreak of severe weather is not expected. Some areas could receive up to 0.25″-0.50″ of precipitation. Unfortunately, most of us will see less than 0.10″ of precipitation, if that. Tuesday’s highs will be in the 70s to 80s, with strong south-southeast winds. Some of us might see gusts over 40 MPH! Shower and storm activity will die out Tuesday evening through Wednesday morning with lows remaining above average. Temperatures between 50 and 60 degrees are expected around sunrise on Wednesday.
Long term forecast:
Wednesday and Thursday will be extremely hot in the KLBK viewing area. Highs will return to the upper 80s to upper 90s across the region, with some spots across the Rolling Plains flirting with triple digits! Fire weather concerns will increase these days as dry air and strong winds return to the area. Gusts as high as 35-40 MPH are expected. By the time Friday and Saturday roll around, it looks like we might see more dry line activity in the area. The exact chance of precipitation remains uncertain at this time, but all signals point to an increased likelihood of rain and storm activity by the end of next week. Be sure to stay with the KLBK First Warning Weather team for updates online, live and in the KLBK First Warning weather app!
Lubbock climate data for Saturday, April 16:
Sunrise: 7:15 a.m. CDT
Sunset: 8:19 p.m. CDT
Mid High: 76°
Record record: 100° (1925)
Mid Bass: 46°
Lowest record: 31° (1947)
Have a Happy Easter Sunday, South Plains!
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