Another brisk and cold north wind arrives Friday and the change may bring a few showers to the viewing area. The chance of measurable rainfall is less than 20 percent. Any precipitation would favor the eastern half of the South Plains.
We should have another mild though cool afternoon Saturday before temperatures increase Sunday afternoon and Monday in the upper 60s and lower 70s. Wind speeds will also increase.
It appears an atmospheric "blocking pattern" (a strong high pressure area settling in) over eastern Canada and Greenland might be common, or at least repeated, into spring. During a block, cold air is funneled into the US, and everything moves much more slowly to the east. So winter storms (while not necessarily more numerous) have more time to gain moisture and can linger over an area, producing more wintry precipitation. Some leading forecasters think this pattern is likely into early spring. Precipitation, however, will likely favor areas north and east of the South Plains (as in the last few major storms) - but the pattern at least increases our precipitation potential.
The Lubbock office of the National Weather Service has compiled a summary of Monday's major winter storm. Snowfall accumulated between 3-6 inches in Lubbock; southern South Plains received only a couple inches but in the northern parts, there was around a foot such as Tulia, which got 15 inches. Snow drifts of nearly 10 feet were reported. The summary also includes links to snowfall and precipitation (liquid content) reports. Click this link for the summary:
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