Wind and severe storms possible late today
LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - A weather system, similar to last Sunday’s, will bring more wind, dust, and possibly severe storms, to the South Plains area this afternoon and evening.
The main energy of the system, a tightly wound low pressure area, will track from northern Arizona to eastern Colorado. A cold front will trail south, arriving in the western South Plains this evening. Ahead of the front, a strong southerly wind.
Late this afternoon and evening sustained winds of 20 to 30 mph are likely across the area. Gusts of 50 to 55 mph also are likely. Winds will be stronger over the northwestern viewing area, sustained 25 to 35 mph with gusts near 60 mph.
Blowing dust is likely. It’s another NO BURN DAY.
The wind will bring a warmup. Highs will range from the low 80s to near 90 degrees on the Caprock to the low and mid-90s east of the Caprock. My forecast high of 89° for Lubbock is just three degrees shy of the record high for the date.
As the cold front sweeps east this evening and encounters a retreating (west-moving) dryline storms are anticipated to develop, mainly late evening and continuing into the early morning hours of Wednesday. Some of these storms may be severe. Damaging hail, damaging wind gusts, and an isolated tornado or two are possible.
The main storm threat will be over roughly the eastern half of the viewing area, where a Marginal Risk (one on a scale of 5) has been identified by the Storm Prediction Center (SPC).
Central and northern parts of the eastern third of the viewing area (east of the Caprock) are at a Slight Risk (two of five). Storms in this area may produce wind gusts of 70 to 80 mph, hail up to two inches, and isolated tornadoes.
The greatest threat will be in the northeastern viewing area, especially near Childress, near midnight and for several hours after.
Rainfall will be spotty. Most of the area will remain bone dry.
Tomorrow will be a little cooler, breezy, and mostly sunny.
Thursday afternoon will be warmer as another cold front approaches.
Friday, following the cold front, will be notably cooler.
Lubbock’s first 30-something temperatures are possible Saturday and Sunday morning.
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