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Colder weather, snow chances return to the South Plains region

LUBBOCK, Texas - The coldest air of the season, along with snow chances, will return to the South Plains region Sunday night and on Monday. 

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect from 9:00 PM CST Sunday to 9:00 AM CST Monday for Bailey, Briscoe, Castro, Floyd, Hale, Lamb, Parmer, Swisher County.

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect from 9:00 PM CST Sunday to 9:00 AM CST Monday for Cochran, Cottle, Crosby, Dickens, Hall, Hockley, Lubbock, Motley County.

A Winter Storm Warning is in effect from 6:00 PM MST Sunday to 11:00 AM MST Monday for Curry County in New Mexico. 

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect from 6:00 PM MST Sunday to 11:00 AM MST Monday for Roosevelt County in New Mexico. 

A Freeze Warning is in effect for Gaines, Dawson and Borden County in Texas and Lea County in New Mexico from 2:00 AM CST to 10:00 AM CST/1:00 AM MST to 9:00 AM MST Monday

As the storm system moves over the region, precipitation will develop Sunday evening and into Sunday night. A cold rain or wintry mix are expected at the beginning of the event. The precipitation will change over to all snow overnight and into Monday morning. The wintry precipitation will end by late Monday morning. 

It still looks like the best chances for accumulating snowfall will be across the far northwestern and northern South Plains, as well as the southern Texas Panhandle. Snowfall accumulations of the 3 to 5 inches will be possible in this area. This would include locations such as Bovina, Dimmitt, Tulia and Silverton.

Snowfall accumulations of 1 to 2 inches will be possible across the north central portions of the South Plains and the northern Rolling Plains. We can't rule out a few isolated spots picking up a little more than 2 inches.  This area would include locations such as Muleshoe, Olton, Plainview, Floydada, Matador and Childress.

For the central portions of the South and Rolling Plains, including the Lubbock metro area, snowfall accumulations of 1 inch or less are expected. However, there may be some isolated spots that pick up more than 1 inch. This would include locations such as Lubbock, Littlefield, Morton, Levelland, Ralls, Dickens and Paducah.

A dusting or less is expected across the southern counties of the South Plains and the Rolling Plains. This would include locations such as Plains, Brownfield, Tahoka, Jayton and Guthrie. 

Very little or no snow accumulation is expected across the northern Permian Basin. This would include locations such as Hobbs, Lamesa, Gail and Snyder.  

Keep in mind that forecast snowfall amounts are not set in stone and are subject to change.

Temperatures will quickly fall Sunday evening and overnight into the 20s. It will feel even colder with the northeast wind of 15-25 mph. Wind chill values will drop into the 10s and single digits overnight.

Highs on Monday will range from the upper 20s to the middle 30s. We'll have a gusty north wind of 20-30 mph that will keep the wind chill values in the 10s.

A hard freeze is expected for Monday night and Tuesday morning with lows in the 10s across the region. 

Stay with EverythingLubbock.com, the KAMC Storm Team Weather Lab and the KLBK First Warning Weather Center for the latest winter weather updates. 

You can view a map of the current weather watches, warnings or advisories in effect at the bottom of this article. 

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