As cold as this morning was, with Lubbock dipping to a low of 34 degrees and wind chills briefly dipped into the mid-20s, tonight will be colder. Lubbock may experience its first hard freeze of the season and other areas, mainly off the Caprock and the southern KCBD viewing area, are under a Freeze Watch tonight and tomorrow morning.
Today will be notably cooler than yesterday but with light afternoon winds and sunny skies, it will be pleasant. Early this evening, just after the sun sets, it will quickly become chilly. Mid-to late-evening will be cold with light winds and clear skies.
Tomorrow morning we will see a wide-spread freeze in the KCBD viewing area. If you haven't done so already, you may want to winterize your outdoor faucets, hoses, sprinkler systems, and check your heater before tonight.
The Freeze Watch, issued by the National Weather Service, covers most of the Rolling Plains (east of the Caprock) and the southern counties of the KCBC viewing area which have yet to record a freeze. Currently, it appears low temperatures in these areas will range from near freezing to the mid-30s. If new data that comes in today indicates a higher potential for these areas to drop below 30 degrees, the National Weather Service would likely upgrade this watch to a Freeze Warning.
The Freeze Watch is in effect through tomorrow morning for the Texas counties of Hall, Motley, Cottle, Crosby, Dickens, King, Lynn, Garza, Kent, Borden, Dawson and Gaines and in New Mexico southern Lea County and includes the cities of Memphis, Turkey, Matador, Roaring Springs, Paducah, Crosbyton, Ralls, Dickens, Spur, Guthrie, Tahoka, O'Donnell, Post and Jayton.
Temperatures are expected to fall into the 30 to 35 degree range late tonight until shortly after sunrise. The cold may damage or kill sensitive vegetation, however, at this time, a widespread hard freeze is not expected in the Watch area. Be prepared for a possible update to a Freeze Warning.
Lubbock and other areas outside of the watch may experience a hard freeze late tonight and early tomorrow morning. However, since these areas have already experienced at least one light freeze, a watch or warning is not likely to be issued.
Tomorrow afternoon will be cool, but otherwise pleasant. For the latest forecast from our First Alert Forecast Center please visit our Weather page at kcbd.com/weather.
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