Spring warmth, wind, showers

Daybreak Weather 7 a.m. - Wednesday, March 3

LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - Yesterday afternoon was quite mild. Today’s will be too. On the way, however, is a cold front. Ahead of the front another day or two of above-average temperatures. But the front will bring more than just cooler air.

This morning was clear and nearly as cold as yesterday. Lows were in the 20s and 30s while wind chills ranged from the mid-teens to low 30s.

This afternoon sunny, slightly breezy, and seasonably warm. Temperatures will peak in the 70s, about ten degrees above average for the time of year. Light winds this morning will become slightly breezy this afternoon.

Our evening sky will be mostly fair, but overnight cloud cover will increase. Temperatures will bottom out in the mid-30s in the northwestern viewing area to the mid-40s in the southeast.

Tomorrow will be mostly cloudy with a seasonably warm but also windy afternoon. The grassland fire danger will increase, making it a NO BURN afternoon.

However, there will be a slight chance of spotty light rain showers tomorrow. There may even be an isolated thunderstorm or two over the northeastern KCBD viewing area.

I expect most areas will not receive measurable rainfall. Those that due will see amounts of just a few hundredths of an inch. It is possible that brief moderate to heavy rain may fall with any thunderstorms. That said, the thunderstorm potential is slim (greater to the northeast of the viewing area).

Thursday night will be mostly fair and at least somewhat windy.

Friday will be mostly cloudy, windy, and much cooler. There may be some sprinkles. I don’t expect measurable rainfall.

The wind Thursday and Friday may result in blowing dust.

Weekend weather will be very typical for the time of year.

Details on low and high temperatures, wind speeds, and rain chances are included in my forecast here on our Weather Page and in our Weather App - free from your app store.

When outdoors anytime, but particularly on windy days, please be aware of the potential fire danger. Avoid activity which includes open flames, or which might create a spark. Do not drive over or park vehicles over dry grasses as the hot exhaust system may ignite the grass.

Smokers, make sure your butts are cold before discarding.

Outdoor cooking in traditional grills is fine.

Lubbock Climatology

62°F was the high at the Lubbock airport yesterday. One degree below the average for the date. The March 2 record high is 86° (set in 1974).

28° was the low reported at the Lubbock airport this morning (unofficial as of this writing). Lubbock’s March 3 average low is 34° and the high 63°. The record low for the date is 7° (set in 1943) and the record high 88° (set in 2009).

No precipitation was recorded yesterday at the Lubbock airport. The total for the month-to-date is a trace, which is 0.06″ below average. The total for the year-to-date is 1.25″, which is 0.21″ below average.

Lubbock’s season-to-date snowfall total (recorded at the airport) is 12.0″, which is 4.6″ above the average-to-date.

Lubbock’s weather record dates from January 1911.

Today’s sunset in Lubbock is at 6:46 PM CST. Tomorrow’s sunrise is at 7:12 AM CST.

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