Cold front brings severe weather, but beneficial rains - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Cold front brings severe weather, but beneficial rains to South Plains

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

On Friday afternoon, a dry-line ignited showers, and a few severe thunderstorms, across the northwestern South Plains. By early evening, storms had organized enough to produce severe wind gusts, large hail, and blinding rain.

A severe thunderstorm toppled several utility poles along Interstate 27, near the town of Happy, Texas. The same storm went on to produce a 69 mile per hour wind gust, measured by KCBD's own David Drummond, and relayed to the National Weather Service.

Across the rest of the South Plains, scattered thunderstorms brought occasional lightning, gusty winds, and brief heavy rainfall to isolated areas, mainly west of Lubbock.

However, as the cold front approached West Texas early Saturday morning, a larger line of thunderstorms developed. This cluster of storms produced another round of frequent lightning, and localized heavy rain.

The town of Lamesa was hardest hit. Winds gusted to near 50 MPH and over 2 inches of rain accumulated before sunrise Saturday.

Behind this strong Fall cold front, the South Plains will enjoy clearing skies, gusty winds, and much cooler temperatures.

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