Isolated showers and thunderstorms brought measurable rain to portions of the South Plains Saturday afternoon. In some places, this was the first measurable precipitation observed in over a month.
Saturday evening, the storm system responsible for afternoon showers in West Texas, and severe thunderstorms in North Texas, will send a cold front through the South Plains. As the front moves into the KCBD viewing area, more showers and a few embedded thunderstorms are likely to develop. A few showers could produce lightning, gusty winds, and brief moderate rainfall. However, total rainfall accumulations will average less than a quarter of an inch through midnight.
The front will move quickly north, to south, through the viewing area; affecting a Friona - Silverton line by 6 p.m., and Lubbock before 8 p.m. The cold front will then pass through Brownfield, Tahoka, and Snyder before 11 p.m.
A Wind Advisory is in effect for Bailey, Briscoe, Castro, Childress, Cochran, Cottle, Crosby, Dickens, Floyd, Garza, Hale, Hall, Hockley, Kent, King, Lamb, Lubbock, Lynn, Motley, Parmer, Stonewall, Swisher, Terry, and Yoakum counties, until 4 p.m. Sunday.
As the front moves through our area, attention will turn from the chance of needed rain to the threat of gusty winds and blowing dust. Strong sustained winds of 25 - 35 miles per hour and gusts to 50 miles per hour will begin immediately after the front passes through. Considering how dry the soil is, blowing dust will once again become widespread on the Caprock. On the Rolling Plains, where more substantial rain fell this Saturday morning, the threat of significant blowing dust is minimal.
Strong, gusty winds will remain in place through most of Sunday, before tapering off Sunday evening. If you have outdoor plans Saturday evening or Sunday, be prepared for rapidly-changing weather conditions, including the threat of severe wind gusts exceeding 55 miles per hour and low visibility due to blowing dust.
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