Bitter cold and wintry showers move into South Plains - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Bitter cold and wintry showers move into South Plains


A winter weather advisory is in effect for the entire KCBD viewing area until 6 p.m. Sunday evening.

An approaching storm system, combined with elevated moisture levels and a bitterly cold late winter air mass is producing bands of mixed precipitation. Freezing rain, sleet, and snow are all possible across the viewing area through early evening.

Temperatures remain very cold – in the 10's and 20's – with wind chills as low as -10 degrees earlier Sunday morning. Hazardous wind chills between 0 and 15 degrees will continue through the rest of the day. Cover exposed skin with warm, well fitted clothing if headed outside for an extended period of time.

Occasional bands of light precipitation will move from west to east across the South Plains. Overall, the precipitation is light. However, with temperatures in the 10's and 20's, even light freezing rain, sleet and snow will cause travel problems across the area. Embedded moderate to heavy precipitation will lead to localized areas of greater accumulation.

Outside of these isolated areas, snow accumulations should remain below two inches over the northwestern South Plains, with a mixture of freezing rain and sleet amounting to a thin glaze of ice in the greater Lubbock area. Even with minor accumulations, travel has already deteriorated in north and west Lubbock. Poor road conditions will expand across most of the region by early afternoon as precipitation increases.

The storm system responsible for this wintry weather will weaken and move eastward tonight. Mostly cloudy skies and diminishing winds are expected in its wake. The very cold air mass will remain in place through early Monday.

Monday morning temperatures could fall into the single digits north and west of Lubbock, near 10 degrees in the city, and into the lower 10's on the southern South Plains.

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