You may have noticed the increasing clouds, cool temperatures, and gusty east winds Tuesday afternoon. All are precursors to a storm system that will bring a chance of thundershowers, then dusty wind, to the South Plains.
Winds will turn southerly and increase to 15-25 MPH later this evening. This southerly breeze will draw deeper moisture into the KCBD viewing area through the night.
A storm system approaching from New Mexico, in combination with higher moisture levels, will significantly increase rain chances across West Texas. As of Tuesday afternoon, everyone on the Caprock stands a similar chance of seeing accumulating rain, while those living on the Northern Rolling Plains have the greatest chance of receiving measurable rainfall.
Highest rain chances will occur between 3 and 9 a.m. Wednesday morning. While not everyone is going to seeing significant rain, a few lucky folks may receive between 1/4 and 1/2 an inch before sunshine and dry, gusty, winds return Wednesday afternoon.
Gusty winds will increase across the area on the backside of this is storm system. Sustained winds of 15-25 and gusts to 35 MPH are expected after 1 p.m. Wednesday. Winds of this strength will loft areas of blowing dust through early Wednesday evening.
Even if beneficial rain does fall Wednesday morning, foliage remains flammable and very dry air will spread into the KCBD viewing area from west to east Wednesday afternoon. Elevated fire weather conditions may develop.
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