A reinforcing push of frigid air has filtered into the South Plains Sunday evening.
As of 9 p.m., temperatures have already fallen into the 'teens and lower 20's across the entire area, and will continue to tumble this evening. Temperatures combined with a breeze will make for frigid overnight conditions.
With temperatures already very cold, even a light breeze will produce dangerously low wind chills. Wind chill values, or what it feels like to exposed skin, will fall below zero on the Caprock early Monday, and stay below 5 degrees above zero further east.
By Monday morning, temperatures will be in the single-digits on the Caprock and lower 'teens on the low rolling plains. It be extremely cold and will remain that way for an extended period of time. Below freezing conditions will persist for 24, to perhaps 36 hours. Many communities will not warm above the freezing mark by Monday afternoon.
Another round of bitterly cold temperatures is expected late Monday into early Tuesday. Many will begin the second day of the work week in the single-digits and teens. However, a warm-up is expected to begin on Tuesday afternoon.
While winter's latest blast of cold air will be relatively short-lived compared to earlier blasts of cold air this season, temperatures will be dangerously cold at times. Citizens should have already completed precautions to protect the 'four P's" - plants, pets, pipes and people. Outdoor or exposed pipes should be wrapped and indoor faucets should be left dripping overnight.
People are not the only ones affected by frigid temperatures - outdoor pets should be brought indoors or into a heated, sheltered area.
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