Quieter weather, but also chillier
LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - Heavy rain fell at a few locations overnight. I’ve added estimated and measured rain totals to the end of this post.. The rain, which sprang up along an eastward moving cold front, by sunrise was east of the viewing area. Along with the cold front. Another cold front will arrive Thursday night. That front will bring our coldest air of the season so far.
Less wind, but still breezy today. Around Lubbock speeds this afternoon will range from around 15 to 20 mph. Gusts near 30 mph are possible.
Less warmth, but still mild temperatures this afternoon. Highs will range from near 70 in the far northwestern KCBD viewing area to near 80 degrees in the far southeast.
In addition, the afternoon will be partly cloudy.
Winds will die down tonight and temperatures will drop into the upper 40s in the Lubbock area.
Tomorrow afternoon will be warmer and sunny, though still a bit breezy. Highs will range from the mid-70s in the northwest to the mid-80s in the southeast. The breeze generally will run 10 to 20 mph.
It’s That Time of Year
The first of the next two cold fronts is anticipated Thursday night. At this time, rain is not expected. It will get chilly with widespread lows in the 40s. The exceptions, as usual, the far northwest where upper 30s are likely and the east where it may not dip below 50 degrees.
Friday afternoon will be sunny and cool. Temperatures will peak in the 60s on the Caprock and near 70 east of the Caprock.
Coldest of the Season
The coldest air of the season, so far, will settle into our West Texas area Friday night. Under a clear sky, with a light wind, lows will drop into the 30s by sunrise Saturday. My forecast low for Lubbock is in the upper 30s.
A frost, possibly a light freeze, is possible Friday night into Saturday morning over the northwestern viewing area. This is particularly the case in and near Dimmitt, Friona, Muleshoe, and Morton.
The next cold front is expected Monday night or Tuesday. That front may bring showers late Monday and/or Tuesday.
The Lubbock airport measured 0.04″ of rain last night. Total precipitation for October 0.63″, which is just 0.04″ below the average for the month to date. The total for the year so far is 19.94″, which is 4.02″ above the average from January 1 through October 12. It’s also 1.161″ above Lubbock’s average annual precipitation of 18.33″.
Map below shows rainfall totals estimated from radar data for the 24 hours ending at 6 this morning.
Listed below are the 24-hour measured 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, as of 8:30 AM Friday:
1.02 Lake Alan Henry
0.61 Roaring Springs
0.28 Vigo Park
0.25 Knox City
0.15 Caprock Canyons
0.15 South Plains 3ENE
0.08 White River Lake
0.01 Lubbock NW (TTU)
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