FIRST ALERT WEATHER DAY: Ice and Winter Storm Warnings for the South Plains

Daybreak Today - Weather, Oct. 27

LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - UPDATED 12:42 PM CDT - A Winter Storm Warning and - rather rare for these parts - an Ice Storm Warning are in effect for the KCBD viewing area. Additional precipitation is expected, but so is its end and - eventually - warmer days and nights.

Ice Storm Warnings are rather rare here in the KCBD viewing area. The last one (issued by the National Weather Service office in Lubbock) was 1,795 days ago. Nearly five years (4.9, actually).

The Ice Storm Warning covers much of the eastern KCBD viewing area through tomorrow morning and the far southeastern viewing area until daybreak tomorrow (Wednesday). This includes the Matador, Paducah, Spur, Guthrie, and Jayton areas

The Winter Storm Warning covers the northern, western, and central KCBD viewing area. This includes the Lubbock, Friona, Dimmitt, Tulia, Silverton, Turkey, Muleshoe, Littlefield, Plainview, Floydada, Morton, Levelland, Crosbyton, Plains, Brownfield, Tahoka, Post, Seminole, and Lamesa areas and areas in New Mexico adjacent to the state line.

This morning’s thunder-sleet, and freezing rain have left area roads icy, causing dangerous driving conditions. Travel is discouraged across much of West Texas and eastern New Mexico.

Mostly light, but occasionally moderate to heavy, wintry showers will continue off and on through the afternoon. Additional moderate to heavy snow is possible over the western viewing area, especially the northwest.

Today otherwise will be will by cloudy, breezy and very cold. Temperatures will not climb above freezing. Lubbock area wind chills will be in the 10-20 degree range. Hazardous travel conditions should persist.

Another round of moderate, possibly heavy at times, wintry precipitation is anticipated between sundown today and sunrise tomorrow, Wednesday. Road conditions are likely to be hazardous if not dangerous.

Lubbock and much of the viewing area will likely climb above freezing Wednesday afternoon. My forecast high for Lubbock is 30 degrees.

Much of the KCBD viewing area will see highs in the 50s Thursday afternoon, near 60 Friday afternoon, and 60s and 70s Saturday - Game Day, Halloween, the last day of October, and the last day of Daylight Saving Time.

Sleet Reports

The Lubbock airport reports 0.15″ of liquid precipitation over the past 24 hours, with approximately 1/10″ (0.1″) of sleet/ice on the ground/objects. Some other sleet reports:

0.6″ Shallowater

0.3″ southern Lubbock

0.8″ Plainview

0.4″ Woodrow

0.2″ Floydada

0.1″ Dimmitt

Larger ice amounts in the Rolling Plains, with reports of up to an inch of sleet, ice, and snow on the ground.

Records Today, So Far

The Lubbock airport reports a low for today, so far, of 22°. That replaces the October 27 record low of 26° set in 1913 and tied in 1997 and again in 2012.

My forecast high for Lubbock today is 28°. That will shatter the current October 27 min-max (coolest high) record temperature of 41° set in 1969.

If the airport reports any snowfall today it will at least tie the record for October 27. The current record is just a trace.

Three Records Yesterday

The trace of snowfall recorded yesterday at the Lubbock airport tied the maximum snowfall record for the date, October 26, set in 1918.

Lubbock’s low yesterday was 23°, replacing the record for the date of 26° set in 1913 (and tied in 2019). Lubbock’s October 26 average low is 44°

Lubbock’s high yesterday of 33° also was a record min-max (coolest high) temperature record for October 26, replacing the 44° in 1923. It’s also the coldest high this early in the season. By the way, the 33° was recorded at 12:34 AM. The daytime high was only 27°. Lubbock’s October 26 average high is 72°.

Fingertip Flight- and Road-Info

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Game Day and Halloween Weather

For our Game Day and Halloween forecast use the 10-Day or Weekend links in the forecast section here on our Weather page. Or check it out in your hand on your mobile device via our free weather app - search for KCBD Weather in your app or play store.

Time Change This Weekend

Daylight Saving Time (DST) ends this weekend. We revert to standard time and 2 AM CDT Sunday becomes 1 AM CST. If you still have time-pieces which need to be manually adjusted, you may want to take care of them before bed Saturday.

Sunrise and sunset will appear to be an hour earlier.

In fall we “Fall Back” one hour. In spring we “Spring Forward” one hour. Both are good times to replace batteries in smoke and CO2 detectors.

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