Storm to bring drop in temps, wintry weather to South Plains - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Storm to bring drop in temps, wintry weather to South Plains

Saturday afternoon temperatures soared into the upper 70's and 80's on the Caprock. However, further east, afternoon readings stayed in the upper 40's and 50's on the northern Rolling Plains.

A strong cold front that edged into the northeastern quarter of the KCBD viewing area (http://www.kcbd.com/link/125697/south-plains-printable-county-map) this morning has temporarily stalled and allowed temperatures to soar ahead of it.

Overnight Saturday, a stronger push of cold air will move westward across a large portion of the South Plains. By sunrise Sunday, the front will be west of the I-27 corridor and approaching the state line. At the same time, the storm system that brought torrential valley rains and mountain snow to the desert southwest will be moving eastward, and into northwest Texas.

The system will be weakening as it approaches. But, with moisture and cold air already present in our area, scattered bands of mixed precipitation will develop. Rain, freezing rain and sleet are the expected forms of precipitation, but light snow could mix in occasionally.

Overall, accumulations of snow and sleet will remain below an inch. Freezing rain could form a glaze of ice on elevated surfaces, such as bridges and overpasses.

The weather pattern over the next 48 hours involves many aspects and is subject to changes. As always, get the latest current weather conditions, road conditions, and forecasts on-air and online at www.kcbd.com/weather.

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