The northern tier of the United States is bracing for the coldest temperatures they've seen in years, and now that cold weather is expected on the South Plains.
A storm system currently developing over southern Colorado will move across the Southern Plains Saturday night and Sunday morning.
While West Texas will only be clipped by the departing storm and receive a glancing blow of cold air, the arctic air mass, dangerously cold temperatures, and light snow are still possible across portions of the viewing area.
A strong cold front will move through the South Plains late Saturday. Behind it, winds will turn northerly and temperatures will began to plummet, especially after sunset. The atmosphere on Saturday night will certainly be cold enough for snow, but it will also be very dry, limiting snowfall potential.
If snow does manage to develop, it will exit the region before sunrise Sunday morning. However, very light accumulations of snow are still possible, mainly north of Highway 86. Elsewhere, flurries are about all that is expected.
The bigger story will be the extremely cold temperatures. After starting Sunday in the teens, afternoon temperatures will fail to reach the freezing mark across the northern half of the KCBD viewing area. Keep in mind, wind chill values, or what the air feels like on exposed skin, will occasionally dip below zero. Then, as winds die down and skies clear late Sunday, the stage will be set for the coldest night in years.
Monday could begin with morning temperatures in the single-digits on the Caprock, and lower teens across the Rolling Plains. The last time Lubbock Preston-Smith International airport fell below 10 degrees, was on Dec. 6, 2011.
While the weather is still pleasant this afternoon, go over cold weather precautions and make sure that you, your property, pets, and loved ones are ready for the drastic weather changes headed to West Texas.
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