Winter storm, blizzard warnings issued for South Plains

A major winter storm is taking aim on the South Plains Sunday night. A strong cold front will move through the region Sunday evening. Behind the cold front, a strong storm system will dive across Texas during the overnight hours.

Snowfall is expected to develop across much of the South Plains viewing area overnight. Strong north winds up to 35 to 45 mph with gusts up to 55 to 60 mph will be possible Monday. The combination of heavy snow, strong winds and cold temperatures will create blizzard-like weather conditions with near white out conditions possible, especially from Lubbock northward.

School districts are monitoring conditions overnight and Lubbock County issued a blizzard warning at 7 p.m.

We are seeing some flight cancellations at Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport. You can click here to view a list online.

BLIZZARD WARNINGS are already posted for much of the central and northern South Plains. It starts at 9 p.m. Sunday evening and continues through 6pm Monday evening. This includes Lubbock and Plainview in addition to the communities of Friona, Bovina, Dimmitt, Hart, Tulia, Silverton, Quitaque, Caprock Canyons State Park, Turkey, Muleshoe, Littlefield, Sudan, Amherst, Shallowater, Wolfforth, Slaton, Floydada, Matador, Paducah, Morton, Levelland, Ralls, Crosbyton, Spur, Guthrie and Childress. In this region, snow will begin to spread across the area late tonight. 3 to 6 inches of snow may occur with locally higher amounts possible. North winds will increase to 35 to 45 mph with gusts up to 60 mph possible. Travel may become severely restricted due to white out conditions and heavy snowfall overnight through Monday. Strong winds and heavy snow may be ongoing for several hours in this region. Power outages and road closures will be likely.

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY is in effect through 6 p.m. Monday for Garza, Kent, Lynn, Stonewall, Terry and Yoakum Counties including Post, Jayton, Tahoka, Brownfield, Aspermont, Denver City and Plains. One to three inches of snow is expected over this portion of the South Plains viewing area. Wind gusts will also approach 45 to 55 mph overnight through Monday resulting in blowing snow.

Weather conditions should deteriorate this evening across the northwestern South Plains initially. By midnight, snow will spread across most of the northern and central South Plains including areas from Lubbock northward. After midnight, widespread snowfall should develop areawide with travel conditions becoming dangerous across the entire area.

If you don't have to travel later tonight, it is recommended that you stay home. Weather conditions remain dangerous through Monday with wind chills in the single digits and teens all day Monday.

This is a potentially dangerous storm system. Weather conditions are still developing. Be prepared for adverse weather conditions through Monday evening followed by improving weather conditions Tuesday.

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