Saturday, May 21 2022

New Years Day brought the first snowfall of the winter season to Lubbock and much of the Southern Plains.

Saturday’s winter weather event left about an inch of snow on the ground Sunday morning around Lubbock, with heavier bands around the town and in the region, according to the National Weather Service of Lubbock. A location near University Avenue and 98th Street reported about 2.9 inches of snowfall, according to a storm report shared by the Weather Service at 9:16 p.m. Saturday.

The frozen precipitation was part of a powerful cold front that brought freezing weather to much of the state, with a frost warning issued for counties along the Texas Gulf Coast and in the Rio Valley Great from Sunday evening to Monday morning.

In Lubbock, temperatures plummeted throughout the day on Saturday, peaking in the 1950s in the early hours of Saturday morning before melting to 8 degrees around 8 a.m. Sunday at Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport. That’s well above the daily record of -2 degrees for Jan. 2 set in 1979, according to the weather service.

Frigid conditions were blamed for numerous crashes in the area over the weekend, but no fatalities were reported early Sunday evening.

Overnight temperatures were expected to drop well below zero again early on Monday, prompting Lubbock Fire Rescue and the weather service to warn drivers of potential ice storm and other slippery conditions on overpasses and other roads.

Temperatures will rebound at the start of the week. On Tuesday, the daytime high is expected to reach 69 with gusty winds and the weather service warning of a high forest fire danger.


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