LUBBOCK, Texas — KLBK Chief Meteorologist Jacob Riley has your Thursday night weather update.
Tonight: Partly cloudy and cold. Low of 25°. Winds S→NE 12-18 MPH.
Tomorrow: Bitter cold! High of ↓34°. Winds NE 12-18 MPH.
A strong cold front will pass through the South Plains late tonight through Friday morning. This will shift our winds from the south to the northeast, with gusts approaching 25-30 MPH. Clouds will increase behind the front, resulting in a mostly cloudy post-frontal sky.
Friday will be the coldest day that the South Plains has seen since winter of last year! Highs will most likely occur before sunrise, peaking in the mid 30s to low 40s. We will keep a cloudy sky around the region throughout the day, with daytime temps only rebounding into the upper 20s to mid 40s. Winds will remain out of the northeast around 12-18 MPH, making it feel like the 10s and 20s all day long. Later in the evening, areas of patchy drizzle and mist will develop. With temperatures being below freezing, this will likely lead to some black ice over the region. Be sure to drive with caution on area roadways! Lows will bottom out in the mid 10s to upper 20s by sunrise on Saturday, with freezing drizzle and light snow remaining possible.
Isolated pockets of freezing drizzle will continue through the noon hour on Saturday, with extreme southwestern areas seeing it linger through 2 PM CDT. Highs will return to the upper 30s to mid 40s under a mostly cloudy sky, with winds shifting from the northeast to the southeast later in the day. Gusts upwards of 25 MPH are expected. Saturday night into Sunday morning will remain dry, with lows bottoming out in the mid 10s to upper 20s.
Sunday will be warmer with a few more peeks of sunshine around the area! Highs will warm into the mid 40s to mid 50s under a partly to mostly cloudy sky, with winds out of the southwest around 10-15 MPH. Sunday night into Monday morning will feature another freeze, with lows settling in the mid 20s to mid 30s.
Next week is a busy travel week across the nation. Here in the South Plains, it currently looks like the weather will cooperate! Highs return to the mid 50s to low 60s on Monday, before warming back into the mid 60s for Tuesday and Wednesday. We will remain dry, with morning lows dipping down close to freezing each morning. An early look at Thanksgiving Day looks to be mostly dry and breezy, with a cold front moving into the region. Models are continuing to struggle as to whether or not we will see any rainfall from this front. Highs will range through the 50s under a partly to mostly cloudy sky.
Lubbock Climate Data for Thursday, November 17th:
Sunrise: 7:21 AM CDT
Sunset: 5:43 PM CDT
Average High: 63°
Record High: 88° (2017)
Average Low: 36°
Record Low: 10° (1959)
Have a phenomenal Friday, South Plains!