Cooler and, eventually, rainy weather on the way
LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - The much talked about cold front is on schedule to arrive late today or tonight. A much cooler weekend will follow. A separate weather system will bring a good chance of thunderstorms and rain early next week.
We are already seeing the effect of the cold front in the KCBD viewing area. Wind shifting to the north, becoming quite gusty (with patchy blowing dust), and a notable drop in temperature in a short time. Late this morning it bisects roughly the central viewing area from west to east.
The front is anticipated to retreat slightly north this afternoon. Note in the graphic the relatively cooler high temperatures north of Lubbock. Especially northeast of Lubbock.
This afternoon otherwise mostly sunny and somewhat windy. The grassland fire danger remains critical. Our NO BURN weather continues.
The grassland fire danger remains critical. Our NO BURN weather continues.
Some smoke from the wildfires in New Mexico also will continue in our South Plains sky.
Like yesterday, today’s heat and sunshine are expected to keep air quality in the “Moderate” range. That is considered acceptable, but a small number of unusually sensitive people may have health concerns. If this is you, try to remain indoors and reduce your physical activity.
The front will push through the entire area by tomorrow morning, resulting in much cooler temperatures. Saturday’s high will be in the mid- to upper 70s. Sunday’s near 70 to the low 70s.
This is a strong cold front, particularly for so late in Spring.
Plus, Sunday morning will be chilly. My forecast low of 42° is just two degrees above the record LOW for the date (40° on May 22, 1931).
Dry weather will continue through the weekend.
Thunderstorms and rain, however, look likely in our area early next week. It’s one of our most promising rain outlooks this year so far. Some of the storms may be strong to severe.
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