Coldest yet, but colder soon

This morning was our coldest so far this season. An even stronger cold front is on the way.

LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - This morning we experienced our chilliest temperatures since early May across the KCBD viewing area, the South Plains region. The Lubbock Airport reports (as of this writing) a low of 44°. See the full list below. This afternoon will be much cooler than yesterday’s. And there’s an even stronger cold front in my forecast.

For some it was quite refreshing, for others uncomfortable. I'm referring to the cold front which passed through Lubbock last evening. In a short time it took us from mild summer-like conditions to chilly and breezy fall weather. The last time our area was this cool was early May when Lubbock dropped to 43° (May 10).

Today, by the way, is the anniversary of Lubbock's earliest Fall freeze on record. On October 7, 1952 the low was 31°. The average date of Lubbock's first freeze in Fall is October 31, Halloween. Last year's first freeze (recorded at the Lubbock airport) was on October 15. Our First Freeze Contest in underway - see below.

This afternoon will be sunny with a light wind and highs ranging from the mid-60s in the northwestern viewing area to the mid-70s in the southeastern viewing area. Tonight will be clear and again chilly.

We again will be quite chilly tomorrow morning with low temperatures in the 40s for most, perhaps low 50s in the southeast. Tuesday afternoon will be mostly sunny, breezy and seasonably warm. Highs will range from the low 70s to the low 80s. Tuesday evening into Wednesday a few showers may move across the KCBD area, but I'm not anticipating measurable rain. Otherwise it will be partly cloudy, slightly breezy, and not as chilly.

A not-as-chilly morning and a very warm but also gusty afternoon is in store Wednesday (note the rain outlook noted in the previous paragraph).

Another cold front, stronger than Sunday's, will arrive Thursday. Data this morning puts the front in the Lubbock area in the afternoon. If it arrives earlier my currently forecast high will be too warm. If it arrives later, it will be too cool. The front's timing will also affect Friday morning's low, and even Saturday morning's. Keep an eye on the forecast here on our Weather Page!

KCBD’s First Freeze Contest is your chance to win a $5,000 Shopping Spree at Yates Flooring Center. To be a winner you must enter a guess that is the one nearest the exact day, hour, AND minute of Lubbock’s first freeze (measured at the Lubbock Airport). You’ll find entry forms at Yates Flooring Center at 19th and Frankford (1901 West Loop 289) during regular store hours to enter the contest. Entries must be received by end of business three days prior to the first freeze for your guess to qualify. Visit the Contest section at kcbd.com for the official contest rules.

This morning’s reported low temperatures (°F) courtesy of the TTU Mesonet:

37 Vigo Park

38 Aiken 3WSW

38 Floydada 2NNE

38 Silverton 7ESE

39 Dimmitt 2NE

39 Friona 2NE

39 Hart 3N

40 Muleshoe 2SSW

40 Olton 6S

40 South Plains 3ENE

40 Tulia 2ENE

41 Earth 9WSW

41 Happy 1E

41 Plainview 1S

42 Abernathy 5ENE

42 Amherst 1NE

42 Dora NM 2SW

42 Morton 1ENE

42 Northfield 1S

43 Anton 6SSW

43 Childress 2NNE

43 Levelland 4S

43 Plains 3N

43 Sundown 8WSW

43 Tatum NM 2SW

44 Caprock Canyons State Park

44 Estelline 3SSE

44 Memphis 1NE

44 Paducah 10SW

44 Ralls 1SE

44 Reese Center

44 Smyer

44 Tahoka 3NNE

44 Turkey 2WSW

45 Aspermont 3NE

45 Denver City 7WNW

45 Lubbock 3WNW TTU

45 Wolfforth 6SSW

46 Roaring Springs 3N

46 Seagraves 1SW

46 Slaton 2NE

47 New Home

47 Spur 1W

47 White River Lake 6NW

48 Brownfield 2S

48 Guthrie 10WSW

48 Hobbs NM 5NW

48 Welch

49 Gail 2ESE

49 Jayton 1SSE

49 Knox City 3NW

49 Post 1NE

50 Fluvanna 3WNW

50 Graham 5SSW

50 Lake Alan Henry 1NW

50 Lamesa 2SE

50 O'Donnell 1N

50 Snyder 3E

51 Rotan 5W

51 Seminole 2NNE

51 Snyder 3SSW

The characters following each community above refer to the weather station location in miles and the direction from the community's center - typically the Courthouse or City Hall, sometimes the downtown or business district. "Morton 1ENE" is the station one mile east-northeast of the center of Morton. Temperatures can vary by a few degrees from one block to another, or more than a few from one side of a community to the other.

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