Wintry blast heading through area

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Updated: Dec. 21, 2017 at 4:51 PM CST
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(KCBD) - Old Man Winter will take an extended vacation today allowing for another warm day across the south plains with Lubbock high temperature expected to reach 73 degrees.

Windy conditions along with dry fuels and low humidity levels will create elevated grass fire danger this afternoon so any outdoor burning is discouraged. Wildfire can spread rapidly once started.

Tonight,the first of two arctic air surges will enter the region which will keep wind speeds elevated behind the front tomorrow morning.  Low temperatures are expected back into the mid to lower 20s, along with breezy conditions, will make for a very chilly morning and keep Friday's high temperatures from reaching the mid 40s, winter weather wardrobe will be needed.

Any chances for snow will remain in the Parmer, Castro and Swisher county areas, however, accumulation is not expected as the moisture will quickly retreat from the region by Saturday morning.

Temperatures will rebound quickly for Saturday after with highs back into the mid 50s which will make it a mild day to be out grabbing any last minute Christmas gifts or meal preparations.  The second, and stronger surge of cold air is expected to arrive overnight Saturday into Sunday morning and will bring bitter cold to the region with wind chill making it feel like temperatures are in the teens for the morning of Christmas Eve.

Sunday's high temperatures will be in the upper 30s and lower 40s, a great day to stay inside and get gift wrapping finished.

The passage of this front looks to be dry and swift, contrary to earlier model suggestions, indicating that Christmas Day will be another windy day but temperatures should be back in the upper 40s and lower 50s across the South Plains.  It doesn't look like Santa will be bringing us snowfall this year, but it will make for better conditions on the roadways for travelers.

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