West Texas snow from space

Daybreak Today - Weather, Jan. 12

LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - Snow cover at midday, seen from space in this visible satellite image. You even can see some of the snow cover diminishing - melting - in the Pecos Valley near Roswell.

West Texas snow cover from viewed from space

Dark grey is ground, while the shades of lighter grey to white are snow covering the ground or clouds. In this one-hour loop the motion in the lower right is clouds, but on the left you can see the snow cover diminishing - melting - in the Pecos Valley near Roswell.

Forecast

Following this morning’s low of 13 degrees - Lubbock’s coldest of the winter so far - warmer afternoons are on the way. At least for a while.

Even with snow on the ground, this afternoon will be a little warmer under a sunny sky. Winds will be light.

Temperatures may not reach 40 degrees Tuesday afternoon over the southwestern KCBD viewing area. Snowfall up to 11 inches occurred there.
Temperatures may not reach 40 degrees Tuesday afternoon over the southwestern KCBD viewing area. Snowfall up to 11 inches occurred there. (Source: Steve Divine)

Temperatures will peak only in the 30s over the southwestern viewing area, where the heaviest snowfall occurred. Highs near 50 degrees are expected over the northeastern viewing area. Highs in the 40s elsewhere.

This visible satellite image shows the widespread snow cover in the KCBD viewing area just before noon Monday. Up to 11 inches was reported in the southwest viewing area around Denver City Sunday.
This visible satellite image shows the widespread snow cover in the KCBD viewing area just before noon Monday. Up to 11 inches was reported in the southwest viewing area around Denver City Sunday. (Source: Steve Divine)

Wednesday will be mostly sunny with a breezy and much warmer afternoon. Most of the area will have highs in the 50s.

The next cold front blows through West Texas Thursday. It will be a dry but windy frontal passage. Gusts from 35 to 45 mph are anticipated. Highs will range from the upper 40s to low 50s under a mostly sunny sky.

Friday will be mostly sunny. Lubbock area lows will be in the 20s, highs in the 40s.

Saturday will be partly cloudy. Lubbock area lows again will be in the 20s while highs will be in the 50s.

The Next PPP

Yesterday I mentioned our next PPP - Potential Precipitation Producer - will swing by the West Texas area early next week. While I still expect the cold front Sunday, I don’t expect precipitation. At least, not at this time.

Watch our 7- and 10-Day Forecasts for possible updates.

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Use the links near the top of the page: Closings and Delays, Flight Tracker, TXDoT Highway Conditions and - of course - the Download the Weather App link (it’s free).

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Lubbock Climatology

35°F was the high at the Lubbock airport yesterday, 19 degrees below the average high for the date. The January 11 record high is 80° (set in 2017).

13° was the low reported at the Lubbock airport this morning (unofficial as of this writing). Lubbock’s January 12 average low is 26° and the high 54°. The record low for the date is negative-10° (set in 1918) and the record high 77° (set in 1953).

Lubbock’s precipitation total (recorded at the airport) for January-to-date is 0.68″, 0.48″ above average.

Lubbock’s snowfall total (recorded at the airport) for the season-to-date is 8.2″, which is 4.1″ above the average-to-date.

Today’s sunset in Lubbock is at 6:00 PM CST. Tomorrow’s sunrise is at 7:52 AM CST.

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