Cloudy and colder today, travel issues Friday and Saturday - FOX34 Lubbock

Cloudy and colder today, travel issues Friday and Saturday

LUBBOCK, Texas -

Cloudy with some colder temperatures and a strong northerly wind pushing into the area.

TODAY: Highs will stay cold near 43, the strongest wind in the early parts of the day. Mostly cloudy with a few showers possible. Go ahead and get gas for your vehicle and some groceries for the changes on the way.

Here is what we are expecting Friday and Saturday:

FRIDAY: A layer of warmer air from ground level to a little higher in elevation should keep rain likely from Highway 114 and points south. Colder temperatures along the surface for the northern counties will change rain to freezing rain. Lubbock in going to be close enough to get a both of these through the day. This will help to lead some accumulations of ice on roads. 

FRIDAY NIGHT: The layer of warmer air will be diminishing changing the rain to a mixed precipitation and snow for the area. It's not going to be a good idea to be driving around in these conditions with more ice being added to the roads.

SATURDAY: From the ground, up temperatures will likely be below freezing meaning SNOW!!! This will be adding to the top of the layer of ice, to make traveling difficult.

TOTALS: Models are showing ice totaling .10" to .25" accumulating on roads, trees, and power lines. This could also lead to some power outages for some locations. Snow totals from late Friday and Saturday could be as high as 5". Better chances for this will be for the northern counties.

WINTER STORM WATCH: There is a potential for traveling concerns in our area plus extending into New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Missouri. National Weather Service has issued the watch since there is a chance for icy roads and snow through Saturday. Greatest risk for this activity will be later Friday afternoon to the noon hours of Saturday. 

This all clears out Saturday with more sun and temperatures rebounding into next week.

Stay warm and have a great Thursday! Matt with the latest details tonight on the News at Nine.

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