Spring on the South Plains
LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - Rather typical Spring weather is in store for the South Plains and West Texas area. Spring winds and Spring warmth will take us through the first days of April.
A sunny sky a southerly breeze will warm the area to near average for the end of March. The southerly breeze will range from about 10 to 20 mph.
Mostly fair this evening, becoming mostly cloudy overnight. A breezy night with winds from about 10 to 20 mph. Temperatures will drop into the 40s.
More wind and warmth on the way tomorrow. Gusts around 40 mph are likely. Patchy blowing dust is possible. Highs will range from the mid-70s to low 80s.
The potential for thunderstorms late Thursday remains quite low for the viewing area. There is a slim chance thunderstorms may develop near the far eastern viewing area late Thursday. Data continues to show development is more likely just east of the viewing area. Watch for possible updates.
Even stronger winds are expected Friday. Gusts greater than 50 mph are possible. Blowing dust is likely. The day will be cooler, with highs from the mid-60s to near 70 degrees.
A reminder. The entire area remains in a drought. As the wind increases so does the wildfire danger. Under the forecast conditions, fires ignite more easily, spread more quickly, and are much more difficult to bring under control. NO BURN weather conditions continue across the KCBD and FOX34 viewing areas.
Some relief from the wind is on tap this weekend. The wind Saturday will pick up to about 10 to 20 mph and Sunday will be just a bit breezier. Temperatures will peak Saturday in the 70s and Sunday in the 80s.
There’s more wind and warmth in our forecast for early next week. For much more detail see the forecast section here on our Weather Page and in our KCBD Weather App (it’s free in your app/play store).
Much of the area on the Caprock, including Lubbock, experienced a freeze yesterday morning. For some spots, including Lubbock, it was a brief hard freeze. That is, cold enough for possible damage to tender vegetation.
A freeze this time of year, however, is not out of the ordinary. In fact, a freeze within two weeks before or after the average date of the last freeze (for Lubbock, that is April 9) is considered typical.
Lubbock’s temperatures yesterday ranged from a low of 28° to a high of 57° (recorded at the Lubbock airport). The low this morning was 39° (as of this posting).
For today, March 29, Lubbock’s average low is 42° and the average high 72°. The record low is 18° (set in 1944) and the record high 91° (set in 2012).
Lubbock’s precipitation total for the month is a trace. That is 0.98″ below the month-to-date average. The total for the year is 0.75″, which is 1.53 below the year-to-date average.
Lubbock’s snowfall total for the season to date is 7.2″. That is 0.3″ above the average to date.
Sunrise today was at 7:39 AM CDT, sunset is at 8:06 PM CDT. Sunrise tomorrow is at 7:38 AM CDT.
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