THIS AFTERNOON: It's a cooler, mostly sunny day. The temperature has climbed to the upper 40s to lower 50s here. Farther north in the Panhandle the clouds have stuck around and it's stayed in the 30s.
TONIGHT: Partly to mostly cloudy, low 28. Wind SE/S 5-10mph.
TOMORROW: Cool again, partly cloudy. High near 50. Wind S/W 5-10mph. There are some indications the clouds may stick around all day. If that happens, it'll only reach the 40s. But for now we'll forecast a high near 50. Average high this time of year is 56.
MID-WEEK: Similar weather is expected Wednesday, with it a little colder and mostly cloudy Thursday.
WINTRY PRECIP: We're still a few days out, so this will change some. Be sure to check back with our team for updates.
A storm system now over the Pacific will move across the southwestern United States next few days, approaching our region late this week into early weekend. There's a slight chance for some rain late Thursday. It may get cold enough by Friday morning for this to change to freezing rain or sleet.
Forecast soundings, which show the temperature from the ground to way up in the sky, show a relatively warmer layer a few thousand feet off the ground. This layer is above freezing, suggesting more freezing drizzle/freezing rain. As we go through the day Friday the potential for freezing drizzle/freezing rain continues.
By Friday night/Saturday morning it may get cold enough to change over to snow.
There is still the possibility this mainly falls as just rain across our area. But I'd prepared for some travel issues Friday or Saturday. The main window for snow is late Friday into Saturday. But snow amounts don't look too great here. The colder air for snow appears better positioned farther north and northeast of Lubbock.
In the coming days we'll be able to get more specific. The one thing that's certain is it'll be cool next few days then much colder Friday and Saturday, likely with the high in the 30s. Playoff football games have been moved up to Thursday. I know, I know..."it's football, play in the cold". Travel is the issue. While we don't have confidence in specifics just yet, looking at the broad region from the Panhandle to the Permian Basin and Big Country, if you have plans of driving 100, 200 or more miles, Thursday looks a lot better than Friday or Saturday.
Have a great rest of your day. I'll have some new data on the News at Nine and Bobby will have a full update to the forecast here early tomorrow.