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Fire danger high across South Plains

Fire dangers remain high across the central and western South Plains Saturday afternoon.

The combination of gusty winds, warm temperatures in the 80's, humidity values at less than 10 percent and the ongoing drought have led to the development of rapidly spreading grassfires.

Several fires have been reported already on Saturday afternoon. Fire dangers remain high through 7 p.m.

A cold front will bring a sharp drop in temperatures Saturday evening and during the overnight hours. Temperatures in the panhandle are in the 20's.

Winter weather advisories have been posted for northern South Plains and northwestern South Plains where a mixture of sleet, snow and freezing rain are possible during the overnight hours through 12 p.m. Sunday.

The winter weather advisory is in effect for the communities of Friona, Bovina, Hart, Tulia, Silverton, Caprock Canyons State Park, Quitaque, Turkey, Muleshoe, Littlefield, Olton, Springlake, Earth, Plainview, Floydada, Lockney, Hale Center and Abernathy.

Lubbock is not in the advisory at the moment, but wintry precipitation is possible overnight and may create travel problems Sunday morning. Road conditions may become hazardous, especially on bridges and overpasses.

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