MORE RAIN: We've had rain off-and-on in our area since last night. Early this morning it was parts of the Rolling Plains getting heavy rain, some locations more than two inches in an hour. Through the afternoon the clouds have stuck around with the southern half of our area getting the most widespread rain. But then there was an uptick in rain intensity around Lubbock mid-afternoon. It even led to some stranded vehicles during the 3 and 4 p.m. hours.
It's not just our area with the rain. Most of Texas has picked up some rain today. It's been heaviest along a front that's stalled from near Wichita Falls to the Permian Basin.
THIS EVENING: The intensity and coverage of rain will diminish. But that doesn't mean it'll be dry. Rain is possible during the First Friday Art Trail in downtown Lubbock or at football games across the area. The good news is the potential for lightning is much lower. The temperature won't move much, holding in the lower 70s to upper 60s.
If you're going to a football game or the Art Trail, I'd take the rain gear.
TONIGHT: Cloudy, 30% chance for rain. Low temp near 63, NE wind 5-12mph.
SATURDAY: We'll start with clouds in the morning with some breaks by the afternoon. There's a slim chance for a shower or storm. High near 80. That said...if the clouds don't break, it'll only reach the mid 70s.
For the Texas Tech game...kickoff near 77, wind NE/E 5-12mph. Slim chance for a shower or storm at Jones Stadium. End of the game mid 70s.
NEXT WEEK: It'll turn warmer and sunny. Since we've picked up some good rain this week, it'll probably slow the warming trend slightly. We expect mid 80s Monday and Tuesday, edging closer to 90 by Thursday.
It doesn't look completely dry. A few storms may move into the area late Sunday night/early Monday morning and also late Monday night/early Tuesday morning. The better chance will stay northwest of Lubbock.
TROPICS: Latest forecast track from the National Hurricane Center on Hurricane Florence has it as a major hurricane over the Atlantic by Tuesday.
It's still too far out to know if it'll make a direct impact to the East Coast. That would be some time late in the week. But it'll be something to watch next few days for anyone along the Eastern Seaboard. The forecast for that region will get better in the coming days. For now, it's too far out for anything reliable.
Have a great weekend. Robert will have a full update to the forecast here Saturday afternoon.