The South Plains has been experiencing afternoon temperatures 10 to 15 degrees above early-October averages for the past few days. However, a storm system, and a strong Fall cold front, will bring shocking changes to West Texas weather late Friday.
The storm system responsible for this front will bring severe weather, including the risk of tornados, to the Mid-West and Ohio Valley. On the back-side of this area of low-pressure, blizzard conditions will dump up to two feet of snow on the higher elevations of the northern Rockies and western Dakotas.
Nothing of this magnitude is expected across the South Plains, but a few showers will be possible across the Rolling Plains as the front moves through the region Friday evening. Following the front, gusty north winds will usher in a much colder air mass. In fact, a few communities across the far northwestern South Plains and southwest Texas Panhandle could experience their first frost or light freeze of the season this weekend.
Further south, Lubbock could experience temperatures in the 30s both Saturday and Sunday morning, while the low Rolling Plains will stay in the mid 40s. Afternoons will feature fall-like temps as well; in the 60's and 70's.
But, in typical West Texas fashion, afternoon temperatures will be back in the 80s by the start of the work week.
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