LUBBOCK, Texas – KLBK meteorologist Jack Maney has your Wednesday morning weather update!
Today: A storm system will bring strong winds and cooling to the region, with a slight chance of a few showers, especially to the northwest. Maximum of 64°. SW –>N winds 20-35 MPH.
This evening: Strong winds continue behind the front. Minimum of 33°. NW winds 30-35 MPH.
Tomorrow: The winds slowly decrease during the day. High of 61. NW winds 15-25 MPH.
A day of dynamic weather is coming for the southern plains! A strong storm system will develop over the region today bringing dynamic and wide ranging conditions to the area.
The low pressure center of this system is expected to develop and move eastward across our northern counties layer this morning, and as the surface low develops it will begin to pull the cold front southward at through the region. Winds will blow from the south or southwest to veer to the north and northwest this afternoon. The front will arrive in Lubbock around noon, and once it does, winds will increase to over 30 mph with gusts over 40, resulting in blowing dust. Wind advisories are in effect from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. today, and a red flag warning for extreme fire danger includes our southeast corner where windy and very dry conditions are expected ahead of the front.
Before the front, temperatures are expected to rise similar to yesterday, with temperatures above 70 to lower 80 expected in the Rolling Plains. Refreshing northerly winds will arrive early in our northwest corner, leading to a much cooler day with highs in the 50s. 60s before the front arrived and stopped our warming process.
Dry air will prevent widespread precipitation from developing in our region from this system, but there will be enough dynamic lift from the storm system to produce an enveloping band of moisture in our northwestern areas, with the better chances of Friona and Dimmitt to the north. Any moisture that develops will be quite light, with no significant precipitation accumulation expected.
Tonight, as the system moves further east, cold air will continue to pour in, with strong winds expected overnight. Gusts of over 40 mph will be possible throughout the night, and lows will fall into the 30s and upper 20s.
Tomorrow will be windy initially, but as the storm system continues to move away, winds will tend to drop throughout the day, becoming light and variable by the end of the day. A cool and mostly clear day is expected for Friday, with a high of 61.
Long term forecast:
The upper high will make a brief visit to the area this weekend, giving us warming conditions Saturday and Sunday. Saturday will be a very pleasant day, with highs in the 70s and reasonably light winds.
Our next storm system will approach the region late Sunday and especially Monday, with indications that there could be real rain potential to begin next week. The upper low will be deep, strong and positioned so that sufficient moisture has a chance to reach West Texas. Waves of showers and thunderstorms are likely to develop, especially in eastern areas. There are still many loose ends to work out on this system, and as such we won’t have a higher chance of rain until we get closer to the event. The latest trends have been in a positive direction, however, so we’ll keep our fingers crossed that this plays out with some badly needed moisture in the region.
Hold on to your hats today and have a great Thursday!