Strong cold front headed for South Plains

A strong Fall cold front is headed toward West Texas with the potential to bring a hard freeze to much of the KCBD viewing area - literally changing our landscape.

Ahead of the cold front there will be more near-record warmth across the viewing area today, including both morning lows and afternoon highs. The Lubbock airport is reporting a low this morning of 64°, which would by far be the warmest low (max-min) temperature for any October 24 on record here.  The current record is 57° in 1939. The typical low for the date in Lubbock is 45°. Lubbock temperature records date from 1911.

This afternoon highs will range from the mid 80s to near 90°, much above Lubbock's October 24 average high of 73°, and near the record of 91° recorded on this date in 1933. Otherwise this afternoon will be partly sunny with winds from the south of 15 to 25 mph gusting near 35 mph. Winds will remain gusty through the night.

Tomorrow morning the cold front will rush south through the KCBD viewing area, followed by a strong north wind and high temperatures approximately 20 degrees cooler than today. Friday's highs will be up to another 20 degrees cooler.

A hard freeze is possible for much of the viewing area, including Lubbock, Friday night into Saturday morning. It will be colder and, more importantly, last longer than the light freeze Lubbock experienced early this month (October 8). This flip-flop in temperatures will change our landscape - literally - as a hard freeze typically ends an area's growing season.

Thursday and Friday outdoor activities, including area football, will be affected by this intrusion of cold air. The KCBD First Alert Forecast Team suggests viewers may want to at least contemplate donning what passes as light winter-wear, including gloves, especially if your plans include more than a few minutes at a time outside.