The first in a series of cold fronts has stalled across the far southwestern South Plains. Behind the front, cold air will continue to filter into the KCBD viewing area from the north and east. Ahead of the front, across Yoakum and Gaines counties, temperatures may manage to warm into the mid 50s this afternoon.
A stronger push of cold air will move through the entire area early Saturday evening. Winds will turn northeasterly and gust to 30 MPH through early Sunday morning as temperatures drop into the teens and lower 20s.
Behind this cold front, a fast-moving storm system will move out of eastern New Mexico late tonight, and cross the KCBD viewing area Sunday morning. It now appears that as the storm approaches, enough cold air and moisture will be in place to produce a variety of wintry weather across the viewing area.
Wintry precipitation will begin to fall after Midnight, and continue through Sunday afternoon.
Snow will be the most-common form of precipitation across all of northwest Texas Sunday. Total accumulations between half an inch and two inches are possible on the Caprock, with totals of two to five inches on the Rolling Plains by Sunday afternoon.
Concentrated bands of precipitation associated with this storm system will make forecasting difficult. Some areas may only receive a dusting, while those under heavier bands of snow may receive several inches. At this time, it appears that those living off of the Caprock, on the Rolling Plains, have the best chance of seeing significant snowfall by Sunday afternoon.
Regardless, hazardous travel conditions will develop across a large portion of the KCBD viewing area Sunday morning, and persist through the day as temperatures struggle to rise above freezing.
Low wind chill temperatures are also expected with our latest cold-blast. Already low temperatures, combined with gusty winds, will produce wind chills in the zero to 10-degree range along and north of Highway 114 Sunday morning. Further south, wind chill values in the lower teens are likely.
This is a developing situation, and further changes to the forecast are likely. For the latest monitor KCBD on-air, and online at www.kcbd.com/weather
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