Warmer now, storms later

Little chance of storms now, greater later. Much more in this video!

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - More sunshine along with gusty winds will bring us warmer afternoons over the next several days. Rain is not expected in Lubbock in that time, but there’s an outside chance of a storm or two in the northern viewing area. Plus, we continue to watch early next week’s potential for strong storms. Details follow in this post and the accompanying video.

Some fog, generally patchy and light, was reported in the southern KCBD viewing area this morning. It was expected to be limited in coverage and short-lived. Today otherwise will be sunny. Winds will be breezy by late morning and gusty this afternoon. The entire area will be warmer, with highs from the mid-70s to the mid-80s.

While our area sees sunshine, the mountain areas of southern Colorado and northern New Mexico will see increasing cloudiness this afternoon and eventually thunderstorms. Those storms will drift east or southeast, which will take them toward the western Panhandle late this evening/overnight. It's possible a stray storm or two may drift into the far northern viewing area overnight.

More sunshine comes our way Friday, a partly cloudy and gusty day with another warm afternoon. A pattern similar to the previous day will exist, making it possible a storm or two may move into our northern viewing area counties during the late evening or early morning hours. It's unlikely a storm or shower will make it as far south as Lubbock either tonight or Friday night.

A hot afternoon is still anticipated Saturday. While it will be partly cloudy and gusty, which might lead some to think there's less of a sunburn danger, do use sunscreen, wear a hat, and drink plenty non-alcoholic and non-caffeinated fluids. Water is still best for most people.

My Future Focus is on early next week, something I've discussed since Monday. Guidance continues to point toward conditions which would support strong, possibly severe, storms. If anything, compared to previous days, storms now appear a bit more likely. We continue to review new data arriving daily in the First Alert Forecast Center and updating our forecast accordingly.

Lubbock’s low yesterday was 43°, six degrees below the average for the date. The high was 68°, ten degrees below the average for the date. The April 24 record low is 25° (2013) and the record high 95° (1943 and 1996). For today, April 25, Lubbock’s average low is 49° and the high 78°. The record low is 35° (1918, 1297, and 1947) and the record high 104° (2012).

Today’s sunset in Lubbock will be at 8:26 PM CDT and tomorrow’s sunrise at 7:04 AM CDT.

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