The South Plains Deep Freeze 2011

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - You know it has been cold. Really cold. Now there is confirmation on just how cold.

The National Weather Service (NWS) in Lubbock reports that so far in February we've been in a really deep freeze. Currently, average temperatures across the local network of 40 sites are about 20 degrees below normal. Lubbock's average temperature is 16.4 degrees below normal through February 8th. The high has averaged 37 and the low 12 degrees the first 8 days of the month. Lubbock's average February temperature is 43F degrees.

Plus, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reports that January in the contiguous United States was cooler and much drier than normal. The average temperature was .8°F below the 1901-2000 average.

This morning's low in Lubbock was 4 degrees. The record is 1 degree (Feb. 10, 1929). The average low, by the way, is 28 degrees.

This afternoon sunny and warmer with a high of 39 degrees.

Tonight clear and cold with a low of 13 degrees.

Friday sunny with a warmer afternoon. High near 50.

Saturday sunny and warmer. Low near 20 degrees, high near 60 degrees.

Sunday mostly sunny with a high in the upper 60s.

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