THIS AFTERNOON: It's warmed into the lower 80s with some clouds across the region. The average high this time of year is 59. A promising sign is rain across parts of Arizona and New Mexico today, along with clouds streaming this way from the Pacific.
TONIGHT: Mild, low near 50. Partly to mostly cloudy, wind S/W 10-18mph.
WARM THURSDAY: It'll climb to the upper 70s to lower 80s. The wind will kick up out of the west 15-25mph. We may have some blowing dust again. The clouds will also increase through the day.
RAIN CHANCE: As the upper-level storm system out over the Southwest moves this way it'll weaken and open up some. But it should still be able to produce some showers across the region. We're keeping a 30% chance for rain here. There might be a few sprinkles late Thursday night. The rain chance runs from Friday through early Saturday morning.
It's also going to be much colder, with the high in the lower 40s Friday. NE wind 15-25mph will make it feel much colder. It'll stay cloudy. It could be cold enough for some snow to mix in when we get the showers, but the latest data suggests it'll be warm enough to where this is mainly rain.
WEEKEND: Both Saturday and Sunday afternoons will be mild with some sun. There could be a lingering shower early Saturday morning. Then we have a slight chance for some rain late Sunday night into early Monday.
RECORD WATCH: At Midnight tonight we'll tie the record at 98 days without measurable precipitation at the Lubbock airport. If we don't get 0.01" of precip before Thursday night at Midnight then we'll set the record at 99 days. Let's hope Friday's rain chance pans out and we don't make it to 100 days.
Have a good evening. Whitney will have an update to your forecast early tomorrow.