LUBBOCK, Texas — KLBK Chief Meteorologist Jacob Riley has your Wednesday night weather update.
This evening: Partly cloudy. Minimum of 43°. Winds SSW 15-20 MPH.
Tomorrow: Partly to mostly cloudy. Strong winds. High of 59°. NW winds 28-32 MPH, gusts ~45-50 MPH.
Stronger winds are expected to drag around the southern plains this evening, with gusts of up to 30 to 35 mph. A strong cold front will begin to move through the region after midnight, causing the winds to shift sharply to the northwest behind its path. By tomorrow morning, we will have partly cloudy skies around the region, with lows reaching the mid 30s to 50s.
As a cold front continues to move through the region on Thursday, winds will remain strong as temperatures begin to drop. Northwesterly wind gusts over 50 MPH are expected. As a result, the National Weather Service issued a wind advisory for most of the KLBK viewing area. It will be in effect from noon CDT to 8:00 p.m. CDT.
Highs will range from the mid to low 40s to mid 70s on Thursday. Northwest regions will be the coldest, with southeast regions remaining warm. Behind our cold front, we expect a few showers to develop over the extreme northern portions of the Southern Plains and Southern Texas Panhandle. As the cold air wraps around the parent low pressure system, we can even see a few snowflakes mixing in! No snow accumulation is expected and rainfall totals will generally remain below 0.10″. From Thursday evening to Friday morning, it will be cold, as most areas fall below freezing. Lows will settle into the 20s to mid 30s by sunrise Friday.
Temperatures will begin to rebound throughout the day on Friday. Highs will warm in the mid 50s to mid 60s under partly cloudy to mostly sunny skies. Winds will remain from the northwest, with sustained speeds only around 12-18 MPH. Our overnight hours will feature light frost across most of the region. Lows will dip between the upper 20s and upper 40s at sunrise Saturday morning.
We don’t see many days much better than what we expect to see on Saturday! Peaks will climb into the upper 60s to mid 70s under mostly sunny skies, with southwesterly winds around 12-18 MPH! GO OUT SATURDAY! It’s going to be too beautiful to stay inside! Saturday night through Sunday morning will also be comfortable, with lows ranging from the mid-30s to the upper 40s.
Long term forecast:
Spring officially begins at 10:33 a.m. CDT on Sunday, March 20! Sunday will be a partly cloudy and windy day throughout the region with increasing cloudiness later in the day. Isolated showers will be possible Sunday night through Monday morning, with showers and thunderstorms becoming scattered to widespread throughout Monday! This system has the potential to bring us the most amount of precipitation we have seen since last summer! A beautiful rain like this is long overdue. However, our chances of rain are not yet guaranteed. There are still some gaps between the patterns, but the odds are gradually increasing that we will see some much needed moisture return to the region early next week. It looks like this system will be in the form of all the rains! Highs will fall from the mid 70s on Sunday to the 60s and 50s on Monday and Tuesday. By Wednesday, we’ll be back near our average high and low temperatures for this time of year! Stay with KLBK’s First Warning Weather Team. We’re here to protect you during the storms.
Lubbock climate data for Wednesday, March 16:
Sunrise: 7:56 a.m. CDT
Sunset: 7:56 p.m. CDT
High normal: 68°
Record record: 87° (1966 & 2017)
Normal Bass: 38°
Lowest record: 16° (1923)
Have a fantastic Thursday, South Plains! Try not to blow!
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