Memorial Day heavy rain and flood threat

11 AM rainfall totals update
Updated: May. 31, 2021 at 6:48 AM CDT
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LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - A Flood Watch continues through the day for the central and southern KCBD viewing area. Lubbock, Levelland, Morton, Ralls, Spur, Guthrie and points to the south are included. Track storms and showers, watches and warnings, with the Interactive Radar built into our free Weather App and here on our Weather Page.

Scattered thunderstorms and showers are likely off and on today. While the overall threat of severe weather, such as hail and high wind, will be lower the threat of flooding downpours will continue. Additional rain falling on saturated soils will result in localized flooding.

Do not drive into water of unknown depth, or water flowing over a road. The road may be washed out, but the danger hidden under the water.

There is a slight risk of severe storms over the southwestern KCBD viewing area. Elsewhere storms may produce pea to nickel-size hail, wind gusts near 50 mph, and flooding downpours.

If you can hear thunder, lightning is near enough to strike your location. That’s the time to be inside. Inside a home, building, even a vehicle.

Remain alert to changing and potentially dangerous weather conditions. Keep our KCBD Weather app handy on your phone or tablet. Set the location to “Follow Me” and enable notifications.

Today otherwise generally cloudy and seasonably cool. Highs in the 60s and 70s, which is about 15 to 20 degrees below average for Memorial Day. My forecast high for Lubbock is 71°. The May 31 average high temperature is 89°.

Storm and rain chances will decrease Tuesday into Wednesday, but some storms will be possible each day through the work week. Temperatures will gradually increase day to day reaching near 80 degrees Thursday and Friday and likely the low 80s this weekend.

24-Hour Rain Totals as of 11 AM Monday

The Lubbock airport has recorded 1.13 inches of rain. Total precipitation this month so far is 5.84″, which is 3.15″ above the average for all of May. The total for the year so far is 9.59″, which is 3.17″ above the average from January 1 through May 31.

Rain totals (in inches) in and near the KCBD viewing area, from viewers like you, the National Weather Service, and the Texas Tech West Texas Mesonet:

3.56 Lake Alan Henry

3.30 Snyder SSW

3.20 Jayton

3.04 Slaton

2.83 Snyder

2.76 Fluvanna

2.73 Tahoka

2.70 White River Lake

2.67 Abernathy

2.67 Gail

2.64 Graham

2.44 Brownfield

2.37 New Home

2.34 Wolfforth

2.18 Aspermont

2.13 O’Donnell

2.07 Levelland

2.07 Smyer

2.01 Anton

1.91 McAdoo

1.92 Post

1.47 Morton

1.43 Northwest Lubbock

1.44 Southeast Lubbock

1.42 Spur

1.40 Guthrie

1.38 Olton

1.31 Memphis

1.28 Reese Center

1.08 Sundown

0.99 Amherst

0.97 Ralls

0.93 Earth

0.81 Lamesa

0.79 Welch

0.72 Paducah

0.72 Plains

0.65 Tatum

0.64 Floydada

0.62 Roaring Springs

0.56 Denver City

0.49 Plainview

0.41 Childress

0.36 Aiken

0.36 South Plains 3ENE

0.29 Estelline

0.27 Seagraves

0.22 Muleshoe

0.19 Hart

0.18 Seminole

0.16 Tulia

0.15 Caprock Canyons

0.15 Northfield

0.14 Silverton

0.10 Turkey

0.07 Vigo Park

0.03 Dimmitt

0.03 Happy

0.02 Hobbs

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