LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Another winter storm moving through the southwest U.S. and it means more wind for the South Plains. A High Wind Watch has been issued for most of the area on Saturday from 6 AM til 6 PM. A Watch means that winds will average 40-50 mph with possible gusts to 60 mph or higher through mid-afternoon.
As the storm approaches Friday fog will start the day with some very low visibilities in the region, until noon or after. Due to the fog and clouds during the day it will be a mild day, but winds will put a little chill in the air, at least through the early afternoon hours.
Winds will be southeast at 15-20 during the day, but will increase rapidly after midnight going into Saturday.
Those southeast winds will bring some moisture, not a lot, but enough for a chance of showers and maybe a storm or two very late Friday in to early Saturday morning.
At this point, the best chance for rain will be the northern south plains with a chance for some wintry mix in the Friona to Muleshoe areas and to the east northeast into the panhandle.
With the strong winds, dry air and low humidity Saturday will have wildfire danger ranging from low to high by afternoon. The lowest potential is in the eastern south plains and highest danger in the west and southwest south plains.
The storm will pull cold air back to the area on Sunday will low in the teens and 20s and afternoon highs in the 40s to 50s. However, the winds will not be so strong on Sunday.