Record-breaking freeze likely Thursday night

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Our First Alert forecast for this afternoon is mostly cloudy, windy, and cold. High temperatures will be in the 40s, but it will never feel that "warm". Our early afternoon wind chills will run mostly 25 to 35° and our late afternoon wind chills mostly 30 to 40°. Winds of 20 to 30 mph, with gusts near 40 mph, will cause some areas of blowing dust.

Our forecast for tonight calls for clearing and, with diminishing wind speeds, a hard freeze is likely for much of the KCBD viewing area - including the City of Lubbock and areas to the west and north of Lubbock. We expect at least a light freeze over the far southern and eastern KCBD viewing area.

Regardless of your location in the viewing area, if you want to protect tender vegetation, we recommend you finish preparations by this evening.

Our forecast low of 27° would be a record for the date, and also the coldest for so late in the season. The current record low for tomorrow is 30°, on May 3, 1918. This late-season cold delays the start of our local growing season, which now will basically begin this weekend.

When you step outside tomorrow morning you may think it is not as cold as this morning. That will be just an illusion, however, as it may be up to ten degrees colder. The difference will be the light winds, resulting in minimal wind chills.

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