Hard freeze to hit South Plains Saturday

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Cold will be a major issue for any outdoor activity, including football games, through Sunday morning across the KCBD viewing area.

The strong cold front the KCBD First Alert Forecast team has been mentioned arrived on schedule this morning. As the team forecast, behind the front today will be windy and much cooler. Of course, if you are in the wind, it will feel even colder. Afternoon temperatures are still expected to be about 20 degrees cooler than yesterday, with temperatures dropping even more over the next 36 hours. Skies behind the front will be mostly cloudy this morning, then partly cloudy this afternoon.

Tonight as winds diminish under partly cloudy skies, temperatures will drop into the 30s – with 20s possible over areas west and north of Lubbock. Lubbock's low will be in the mid-30s. That is much colder than any recent night or morning.

Afternoon temperatures tomorrow will be an additional 20 or so degrees cooler, with highs in the 40s and 50s under mostly cloudy skies. Winds tomorrow will generally range from 10 to 20 mph, with some higher gusts. With the breeze and little sunshine, 40s and 50s will feel rather cold - the coldest in quite some time. There may still be some drizzle tomorrow, but no significant precipitation is expected in the KCBD viewing area.

The coldest period will be Friday night and Saturday morning with much of the South and Low Rolling Plains experiencing low temperatures in the 20s – with lower elevations near 30 to the low 30s. These forecast temperatures point to a widespread hard freeze Friday night into Saturday morning. The KCBD First Alert Forecast Team recommends dressing yourself and children for the cold (West Texas light winter clothing, including gloves) if you'll be outdoors for more than a few minutes, make sure pets are provided for, and take steps to protect cold-sensitive plants.

For our current First Alert Forecast, including highs and lows, visit our Weather page at kcbd.com/weather.

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