THIS AFTERNOON: We've got a mix of sun and clouds for a cool day, temperature in the 40s and 50s. This big storm system that'll change things up here later this week is still off of the California coast. Before it gets here, the weather will be cool and quiet.
TONIGHT: Low near 27, mostly clear. wind SE/S 5-10mph.
TOMORROW: High 52, partly cloudy. Wind S/SW 10-15mph.
THURSDAY: A cold front will move across the area during the morning or early afternoon. The high will be in the mid 40s, with the temperature dropping late.
As the big storm system approaches, there's a chance for some rain late Thursday. By Friday morning there could be a light wintry mix, but not much is expected.
COLD DAYS: Behind the front the temperature will only reach the 30s Friday and Saturday. Just as important as here at the ground is what the temperature will be a few thousand feet off the ground. At this point forecast soundings show a layer of air above freezing through the day Friday...as well as the temp at the ground above freezing.
This is why we expect a cold rain through the day.
As it turns a little colder Friday night into Saturday morning, a mix of sleet and snow is more likely, eventually changing over to snow. Snow should taper off Saturday morning/early afternoon.
Since we're still a few days out, things will get more specific. But for now we can say it's going to get much colder and you'll likely get some precipitation.
The less-certain part of the forecast is the exact type. At this point it looks like rain Friday, maybe at times a wintry mix. Then Friday night into Saturday it'll change through different phases, eventually becoming snow.
Ice and snow amounts don't look too great around Lubbock, but there may be some icy or snowy roads late Friday into Saturday. There's greater potential for snow accumulations of a few inches farther north in the Panhandle.
I'll have some new data tonight on the News at Nine, Bobby will have the next full update posted early tomorrow morning here. Have a great rest of your day.