LUBBOCK, Texas — KLBK Chief Meteorologist Jacob Riley has your Wednesday night weather update.
Tonight: Dangerously cold. Minimum of 18°. Winds S→NE 18-22 MPH, gusts ~40+ MPH.
Tomorrow: Partly cloudy. High of 40° at midnight. Daytime high of 36° NE winds 18-22 MPH.
A strong push of arctic air will move into the KLBK viewing area overnight. At midnight we will likely reach our maximum temperature for Thursday. Our cold front will move into northern portions of the Southern Plains by 1:00 a.m. CDT and clear the region by 5:00 a.m. CDT. Lows will drop into the upper figures for up to 30s, with wind chill readings well below that. It will be up to -10° in some areas tomorrow morning! The winds will come from the south at first, before moving towards the northeast. Gusts as high as 45 MPH are expected. As a result, a wind chill advisory has been issued for the counties below from 4:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. CDT.
As mentioned earlier, Thursday’s high temperatures will occur at midnight. Throughout the day the winds will begin to subside. However, wind chill readings will remain in the 10s and 20s all day. Daytime temperatures will only warm into the low 30s to low 40s. Winds will remain northeast around 15-20 MPH through the second half of the day. We will see some clouds pass around the area, but there will be more sun than cloud cover. Overnight temperatures will again be well below average, reaching a low of between 10 and 20 degrees by Friday morning.
Temperatures will start cold Friday morning, but should rebound quickly in the afternoon! Highs will reach the mid 50s to mid 60s under sunny skies. Winds will be from the southwest around 15-20 MPH, which is why warmer temperatures are expected. Friday night through Saturday morning will be another cool one, with lows dipping between the mid-20s and mid-30s.
Highs will remain at above average levels on Saturday, with temperatures ranging from the mid-60s to mid-70s under partly to mostly cloudy skies. Winds will shift west-southwest, enhancing the downslope effect, which is why temperatures will be so warm. Gusts near 40 MPH are expected. Saturday evening through Sunday morning will be cool, with low temperatures in the mid-20s to upper 30s.
Long term forecast:
Our next cold front will cross the region early Sunday morning, bringing our highs below average. Bitter cold air is expected to return by Monday morning with lows falling in the upper single digits down to 20 lows. The highs will return to near average levels on Monday and Tuesday, before dropping below average behind our next strong cold front on Wednesday. It looks like our chances of precipitation will increase for Wednesday! However; dry air tends to seep behind systems at this time of year. If this happens, the chances of rain will disappear. If the dry air persists, we will see beneficial precipitation in the region, with possibly even snow! Be sure to stay up to date with the KLBK First Warning Weather team for updates throughout the next week. We’re here to help you weather the storm.
Lubbock climate data for Wednesday, January 5:
Sunrise: 7:52 a.m. CDT
Sunset: 5:53 p.m. CDT
High normal: 54°
Record record: 84° (1927)
Normal Bass: 27°
Lowest record: -4° (1971)
Have a hot Thursday, South Plains! Stay safe there.
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