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FORECAST: A cold and windy Christmas

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

Weather changes today and tomorrow: Turning colder, windier, and perhaps whiter.

This Christmas Eve day overall will be mostly cloudy, with a light wind and mild temperatures. Christmas Eve night will be cold and mostly cloudy, with a slight chance of flurries/light snow after midnight. Little to no accumulation is expected in Lubbock. Winds will shift back to the north and increase to 15 to 25 with gusts near 35 mph. Christmas Day will be mostly cloudy, with a slight chance of flurries/light snow, mainly in the morning. Little to no accumulation is expected in Lubbock, but strong winds will cause areas of blowing dust/snow, perhaps resulting in low visibility. Christmas on the South Plains will be very cold, and wind chills may at times be sub-zero, but commonly in the single digits and teens.

If you will be traveling by car tonight through Christmas night be prepared for very cold and windy conditions, with the possibility of wintry precipitation. Keep abreast of the latest local forecast for areas you will be traveling in, and prepare for the remote possibility of becoming stranded - and if you do, do not leave your vehicle. Regionally Christmas is the 24-hour period most likely to see the bulk of the affects from this winter storm.

The Panhandles, as well as western Oklahoma and northern New Mexico will be nearer the storm track, and heavier wintry precipitation will be possible. Areas of the Panhandles, it appears the northeast, may see up to 6 inches of snow. Currently the major models are in general agreement in placing central Oklahoma in the bulls-eye of the snowstorm, though the tracks and therefore the swatch of heaviest snow (perhaps a foot or more - blizzard conditions may exist along and/or north of I-40) vary some from north to south. Winter Storm Warnings and Watches have been posted for all of Oklahoma, including Oklahoma City.

The southernmost track is preferred by the European model, which has a pretty good record forecasting winter storms. The southern track is the one that would bring snow to the KCBD viewing area, though amounts would be light. Right now it looks like no more than a dusting for the southwestern one-third of the KCBD viewing area, but perhaps one to two inches over the northeastern KCBD viewing area. In-between, including Lubbock, Plainview, Levelland, Littlefield, Slaton, and Post, from a dusting to an inch of snowfall. You can download a printable version of the KCBD viewing area map here: http://www.kcbd.com/link/125697/south-plains-printable-county-map

Keep in mind this is a developing situation and later information may result in changes to our forecast, and forecasts for other areas.

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