Cold, wet afternoon may lead to icy night

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The rain and snow in the KCBD NewsChannel 11 viewing area was and is being generated by a low pressure area over New Mexico. This low, and the showers around it, is moving slowly east. As it crosses West Texas this afternoon light showers are likely. Some light snow is possible. By mid afternoon the showers will likely be east of Lubbock, and by evening have moved out of the viewing area to the east.

You can follow the rain and snow with our KCBD First Alert Interactive Radar. Our interactive radar gives you control to zoom in and out, to pan left and right, and move up and down.

While some light accumulation of snow is expected on the northern South Plains and the southern Panhandle, no accumulation is expected elsewhere. Since it has been so warm leading up to this cold and wet period, the ground remains very warm and the snow has not been sticking to roads.

The National Weather Service is advising travelers to use caution north of Lubbock through early afternoon. The area includes Friona, Bovina, Dimmitt, Hart, Tulia, Silverton, Quitaque, Muleshoe, Littlefield, Olton, and Plainview. Accumulations of a dusting to around an inch in the northern South Plains were reported this morning.

Even though the precipitation will end before sunset, as temperatures fall tonight any moisture that remains on surfaces may freeze. This is especially true for raised surfaces, such as bridges and overpasses, which are not in contact with the warm ground. We have telephone numbers and a link to TxDoT for road condition information on our Weather page.

This afternoon will be very cold. Today's forecast high of 41° would tie the record min-max (lowest high) for Oct 27 (in 1969). Since the Lubbock airport was 41 at midnight, the high for the day will be at least 41°. The airport temperature dipped to 36° this morning.

Tonight as skies clear and winds become light it will get even colder, with a freeze likely for much of the South Plains. This will be Lubbock's first freeze of the season. The average date of the City's first freeze is October 31.

For our latest forecast visit our Weather page, and see 24 hour precip totals here.

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