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.