Mild today, FAWD Friday

MILD today, FAWD Friday: High potential for severe storms in the KCBD viewing area.

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Our mild weather continues today and tomorrow, but expected conditions prompt us to call for a First Alert Weather Day (FAWD) for Friday (through Friday night). The latest data reinforces earlier information - there is a high potential for severe weather in the KCBD viewing area late Friday. Below you’ll find more on what we anticipate.

First, today. After a comfortably cool start you can expect our afternoon to be sunny with a slight breeze and very warm. Temperatures will peak in the mid- to upper 80s. This evening a stray storm or two may drift from New Mexico into the far northwestern viewing area. Tonight otherwise will be clear with a slight breeze, and just a bit cool by morning.

And tomorrow. The mostly sunny and mild weather continues tomorrow, though a tad warmer and a tad more breeze (about 10 to 20 mph) in the afternoon. Thursday night will be partly cloudy and breezy.

Then Friday. Severe weather, as noted the past couple of days, is expected late Friday and Friday night in the KCBD viewing area. Not every person, every spot, will experience severe weather (or even a thunderstorm). However, due to the HIGH POTENTIAL FOR SEVERE STORMS in the viewing area, Friday (and Friday night) is a FAWD (First Alert Weather Day). Current data indicates the greatest risk of severe weather will be over the eastern viewing area late Friday, perhaps Friday night. HOWEVER, everyone in the KCBD area should keep up with our latest forecast and be prepared for the possibility of severe storms. Watch for updates!

The most favorable conditions are likely late in the day and overnight, with supercell thunderstorms which may produce very large hail and tornadoes. Heavy rainfall may result in localized flooding.

Friday otherwise will be partly sunny and windy.

Storms are likely into Saturday morning, and may possibly linger through the morning over the eastern viewing area.

Lubbock’s low yesterday was 51°, four degrees below the average for the date. The high was 82°, one degree below the average for the date. The May 14 record low is 35° (1953) and the record high 100° (1960 and 1996). For today, May 15, Lubbock’s average low is 56° and the high 84°. The record low is 34° (1967) and the record high 103° (1996).

Today’s sunset in Lubbock will be at 8:41 PM CDT and tomorrow’s sunrise at 6:46 AM CDT.

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