Winter bringing sleet, snow to South Plains - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Winter bringing sleet, snow to South Plains

After a cold start, Saturday afternoon temperatures managed to recover into the 40's and 50's. However, another surge of even colder air is headed towards the South Plains and will filter into our region over the next few hours.

By mid-evening, winds will increase into the 15-20 mph range, with gusts up to 30 mph across the entire area. Temperatures will also be falling toward the freezing mark. The combination of increasing winds and falling temperatures will create wind chills as low as 10 degrees by late Saturday evening.

A winter storm system is currently moving across N.M. and will begin to interact with moisture and the deepening cold air to produce light wintry showers as early as 9 p.m. across the far southwest Texas Panhandle and northwestern South Plains.

More substantial sleet and snow will develop over southeastern N.M. and the Permian Basin before 10 p.m. This activity will move into the southern South Plains by midnight.

Snow shower activity will continue through the overnight hours, especially across the southern South Plains and Rolling Plains. On the Caprock, snow should remain lighter, amounting to as much as two inches in Castro and Parmer counties. However, further east where heavy bands of snow will develop, isolated snowfall totals of three to six inches will be possible by Sunday afternoon.

Regardless of how much snow accumulates in your area, temperatures will fall well below freezing area-wide Saturday evening. With temperatures in the 10's and lower 20's, even the smallest amount of moisture will create hazardous travel conditions.

Localized travel problems will persist through Sunday, as temperatures fail to reach freezing until Monday afternoon.

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