Changes Finally Arrive

We're finally going to see changing weather across west Texas. That is a welcome relief because it has been so warm sine the end of July. We're going to have several opportunities to see showers and thunderstorms affecting our area through next week. Today is not going to be too eventful, at least during the day light hours. High school football games will be dry and warm tonight. These storms won't begin to move in until late tonight/early tomorrow morning. The above photo is the forecast radar at 11:00 pm tonight. It is showing some storms already forming in southeast New Mexico and along the state line. These storms are expected to move to the northeast. Heavy rain is definitely possible due to the high amounts of moisture in place in west Texas. Street flooding can not be ruled out late tonight, through the day on Saturday.

We'll get a break in the showers and storms by mid-morning, possibly going through the early afternoon hours. By that point, more showers and storms will form along the state line and will move to the east and northeast. Coverage during the day on Saturday is going to be 30% for Lubbock and 40% along the state line. Heavy rainfall is going to be the biggest issue out there on Saturday. Flooding is a real possibility, so be careful driving. Scattered showers and thunderstorms will continue Saturday night and into the early morning hours on Sunday.

By Sunday, coverage beings to drop off for these thunderstorms. The western counties have the best shot at seeing higher coverage of thunderstorms from Sunday, all the way through Thursday. Every one of these days will see the possibility of heavy rain and flooding. As we move closer to Lubbock, coverage will not be as high. Things will be more isolated for Lubbock and areas to the east. So if you live west, the daily rounds of heavy rain will cause travel issues. Please keep that in mind and drive safe.

Lubbock's coverage of showers and storms from Sunday, through Thursday will be 20% Sunday, then 10% the rest of the time. With that said, watch for pockets of heavy rain that will affect the loop, interstate and Marsha Sharp Freeway. High temperatures will drop down to the mid 80s over the weekend, low 80s Monday-Wednesday and mid 70s by Thursday. So we will finally start to feel like Autumn by the end of next week.

The above photo is the forecast rainfall totals from Friday, through 8:00 pm Sunday. This coincides with the forecast of higher coverage to the west and heavier rain in those locations. The computer forecast is predicting over an inch of rain along the state line from Bailey County, south through Gaines County. Amounts of rain will drop off dramatically the farther east you move. Storms are going to be more isolated from Monday-Thursday of next week.