First Alert Forecast: Much warmer, then a freeze

First Alert Forecast: Much warmer, then a freeze

(KCBD) - The overcast sky is expected to linger through the morning in Lubbock and there may be sprinkles or drizzle, but no measurable precipitation. This afternoon will be sunny, windy, and much warmer.

No Burn weather has returned to the South Plains. The counties of Bailey, Castro, Cochran, Hockley, Lamb, Parmer, Terry, and Yoakum, under a Fire Weather (Red Flag) Warning from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Southwest sustained wind speeds of 20 to 30 mph, relative humidity between 5 and 10 percent, fuels dry to critically dry, and temperatures in the upper 70s to mid-80s will promote the rapid spread of any fire that develops, and make control difficult. Outdoor burning is discouraged.

The next cold front arrives Tuesday morning, which will bring us wind and a much cooler afternoon (compared to today). Then behind the front, as winds die down and the colder air settles in, some of the viewing area may drop to near or even below freezing Wednesday morning. As of this writing, it appears Lubbock - especially areas on the outskirts of the city - may have a light freeze. A freeze is more likely to the west and north of Lubbock. Watch for updates.

While the potential for a freeze in Lubbock is low, a freeze this time of year is not unusual.

Lubbock is nearing its average last Spring-freeze date, which is April 10. Lubbock's last freeze (when 32° or lower is recorded at the Lubbock airport) was on March 20, nearly two weeks ago, with a reading of 25°.

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