Winter: And one more thing!
LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - Its almost as though Winter is fighting with Spring, storming out only to return and shout, “And one more thing...!”
After two days with highs in the mid-70s, winter-cold returned to much of the KCBD viewing area this morning. Temperatures dropped into the 20s and teens and wind chills into the teens and single-digits. Temperatures will moderate through the day but expect a large variation in peak readings.
Highs today may not make it above 40 degrees in the northeastern viewing area while peaking near 70 degrees in the far southwestern viewing area.
The cold front which moved in this morning is anticipated to retreat to near Lubbock during the day. If it does, then Lubbock may reach about 60 degrees. If it doesn’t, then Lubbock may struggle to climb above 40 degrees this afternoon.
I have low confidence in my forecast high for today. Just a few miles in the location of the front could mean a 20 to 30 degree temperature difference over a few short miles.
I have greater confidence in my forecast for tonight and tomorrow.
Regardless of what happens with the cold air today, tonight it will envelop the entire KCBD viewing area on a brisk northeasterly wind. Lows will drop into the teens Wednesday morning. Wind chill values will drop into the single-digits, possibly negative single-digits in the northwestern viewing area.
Winter Precipitation Outlook
Light freezing drizzle and/or sleet is possible late tonight and early tomorrow, Wednesday. Light icing is possible, favoring the central and eastern viewing area. Little to no measurable precipitation is anticipated.
While I’m not expecting heavy amounts, it may be enough for some slick roadways and sidewalks. Be prepared.
Another round of light freezing drizzle and/or sleet is possible Wednesday night into Thursday morning. Again, light icing is possible. Again, little to no measurable precipitation is anticipated, but it may be enough to create hazardous driving and walking conditions.
The cold will linger into the start of the weekend. All the numbers, and more, are in our 10-Day Forecast here on our Weather Page. Check back from time to time, there’s likely to be updates.
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:
0.08 Lubbock SE
0.05 Snyder SSW
0.04 Denver City
0.02 Roaring Springs
0.02 South Plains
0.01 Lake Alan Henry
0.01 Lubbock NW
0.01 Reese Center
0.01 White River Lake
0.01″ of precipitation was recorded yesterday at the Lubbock Airport. The total for February is 0.13″. That’s 0.35″ below average. The year-to-date total is 0.33″, which is 0.80″ below average for the year-to-date.
75°F was the high temperature yesterday at the Lubbock airport. That is 14 degrees above the average high for the date, February 21. The record high for the date is 84° (set in 1996).
19° was the low reported this morning at the Lubbock airport (unofficial at this time). Lubbock’s February 22 average low is 32° and the high 61°. The record low for the date is 12° (set in 1911) and the record high 87° (set in 1996).
Total snowfall this month at the Lubbock Airport is 1.6″. The total for the season to date is 2.6″. For the season-to-date, that is 3.7″ below average.
Lubbock’s weather record dates from January 1911.
Sunset in Lubbock today is at 6:38 PM CST. Sunrise tomorrow is at 7:23 AM CST. Sunset tomorrow is at 6:39 PM CST.
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