What a cold morning! Area-wide temperatures dipped into the 20s and wind chills into the teens. Some spots west and north of Lubbock, however, experienced temperatures in the teens and wind chills in the single digits! Even with winds less than 10 mph Lubbock recorded its coldest morning of the season so far, with a morning low of 21° (wind chill low teens). The record low is 10° in 1918.
This afternoon will be similar to yesterday's: Mostly sunny, breezy, and cool. Once again, if you are in the breeze (about 10 to 20 mph) you will find it chilly. The average high for the date is 58°, the average low 30°.
Our forecast guidance continues to edge our weekend overnight temperatures upward slightly. While rain is likely, the potential for wintry showers is decreasing. Lubbock may see some wintry precipitation, which may include snow/flurries and freezing rain/drizzle, but it looks unlikely there will be any accumulation other than on grassy areas. Raised surfaces, such as roads which cross bridges and overpasses, and decks and stairs, may result in safety concerns if Lubbock-area low temperatures do not rise above those in my current forecast. That said, it will be a little colder to the west and north, and spots in these areas may see light ice accumulations and snowfall accumulations of one to two inches. My main concern is those raised surfaces previously mentioned.
At this point in the year, any and all precipitation would be beneficial. Lubbock, the South Plains, and the Rolling Plains - the KCBD viewing area - continue accumulating a precipitation deficit for both the Month-To-Date and Year-To-Date. Lubbock this November recorded 0.54 inches of precipitation. The average for the month is 0.85". For the YTD, Lubbock's precipitation total is 12.98 inches, which is 5.39" below (71% of) the average. Last year at this time the YTD precipitation total was 27.87"! The annual average (full year) is 19.12 inches.
Additionally, Lubbock already is behind on average snowfall for the season-to-date. The snow season runs from July 1 through June 30 (of the following year). November's average snowfall total is 0.9 inch. There has been no snowfall this season to date. By the way, the snowiest November on record for Lubbock was in 1980 with 10.6"!
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