Wind, cold, dust moving into South Plains - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Wind, cold, dust moving into South Plains

A much-anticipated strong cold front will continue to move through the KCBD viewing area Sunday evening and overnight. Ahead of this front, gusty southwest winds produced patchy blowing dust and critical fire weather conditions Sunday afternoon.

As the front passes your location, winds will turn northerly and gust between 40 and 50 mph. Winds of this magnitude, combined with dry soil conditions, will promote widespread blowing dust overnight. Dust will become locally dense near plowed or open fields.

Temperature-wise, winds will usher a much colder Canadian air mass into our region overnight. Many communities will have temperatures in the upper 30's and 40's before midnight. Then, a light freeze is expected across Cochran, Floyd, Hale, Hockley and Lamb counties on Monday morning. Freezing conditions will remain brief, with many only experiencing sub-freezing temperatures for a few hours.

At the same time, a passing upper level disturbance could produce scattered snow flurries or a very light wintry mix, mainly north of Highway 70 on Monday morning. Considering the light nature of the frozen precipitation and very warm ground temperatures, no accumulations is expected.

Conditions will slowly improve Monday afternoon. Occasional sunshine will boost afternoon temperatures into the upper 40's and 50's. As skies continue to clear and winds diminish Monday evening, conditions will become ideal for a hard freeze with several hours of sub-freezing temperatures.

Damage to tender vegetation is likely if plants are left unprotected. Also, with temperatures falling into the 20's, pets without proper protection will suffer. Brings pets indoors or provide proper shelter through Tuesday morning.

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