Freeze warning issued for northwestern South Plains - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Freeze warning issued for northwestern South Plains

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

Friday night's cold front brought a 50-degree drop in temperatures to the KCBD viewing area between 3 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. Saturday morning.

In the front's wake, a cool and dry air mass has settled into the South Plains, and our Saturday afternoon temperatures are running 10 to 15 degrees below average.

Cold weather returns Saturday night under clear skies and light winds.

The National Weather Service has issued a Freeze Warning for Parmer, Castro, and Bailey counties until 9 a.m. Sunday morning. While freezing temperatures are not expected further south, readings will only be a degree or two above the freezing mark, prompting the Weather Service to issue a Frost Advisory for Swisher, Lamb, Hale, Cochran, and Hockley counties.

Residents across the mentioned counties and surrounding areas should prepare for the cold weather expected Saturday night and Sunday morning.

A significant hard freeze, is not expected. However, a light freeze (temperatures briefly falling to, or just below, the freezing mark for 1-2 hours) is expected Saturday night, and could cause damage to the most sensitive vegetation. If living in the affected areas, protect plants by covering them, bringing them indoors or close to a heated structure, such as a house.

In Lubbock, temperatures will stay in the upper 30s. However, at these temperatures, the most sensitive vegetation could still be adversely affected, and therefore should be protected.

After a cold start, Sunday afternoon will feature a warming trend that carries us into the work week. Tune in to KCBD NewsChannel 11 at Six and Ten for your complete First Alert Forecast.

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