Icy roads and sidewalks possible

Wintry showers, including rain and possibly freezing rain, are likely today

LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - What may be a significant precipitation event for the KCBD viewing area is underway. By significant, I mean in terms of the amounts possible and the types possible. Hazardous road conditions may develop around the South Plains, the Panhandle, and northeastern New Mexico.

Ice is most likely in the northern KCBD viewing area, where Winter Weather Advisories have been in effect. This is generally north of a line from Morton to Levelland, then Lubbock, Ralls, Crosbyton, and Guthrie. TxDOT pretreated some roads in our northern viewing area, including northern Lubbock County.

Drive to conditions. Allow extra drive time, slow down, keep extra space between vehicles, and drive with low-beam headlights on.

You can view the latest road conditions at drivetexas.org. We have a link to the flight status board at the Lubbock Airport on our Weather Page. It’s just to the right of the Forecast Section. You may have to scroll down the page just a bit.

Current winter weather advisories can be viewed in the Interactive Radar here on our Weather Page and in our free KCBD Weather App. In the menu, turn on Winter under the Alerts heading.

Rainfall totals of greater than an inch are possible for some spots, especially south and east of Lubbock as the core of the weather system (disturbance) crosses our area late tonight into Friday morning.

Once again, the video accompanying this story includes graphic outlooks for rain, freezing rain, snow, and ice. And more.

In case you missed, or forgot, my reminders the past two days... whether dry, wet, or slick, drive to conditions. A few degrees one way or the other could mean the difference between a serious freezing rain event or an all-rain event.

Rain is likely in the Lubbock area through tomorrow morning. There is the slight chance some may fall as freezing rain. Roads, sidewalks, and parking lots may become slick. The risk is greater on elevated surfaces such as flyovers, bridges, overpasses, stairs, and decks.

The warmest time of this day is already past. Temperatures may hold steady, but may edge down, through the day. The coldest time will be near midnight. Which also will be the coldest time Friday. The air is expected to begin warming late tonight and climb above freezing by around sunrise tomorrow.

While freezing rain is possible up until about sunrise on Friday, rising temperatures should mean rain as the precipitation type after sunrise. Rain is expected to end by about noon in the Lubbock area. A little earlier to the west, a little later east.

Please watch for forecast updates, possible additional advisories which may be issued, and check current conditions before heading out You can do it all here on our Weather Page and in our Weather App. Download or update the app for free from your app or game store.

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