Originally Posted At DanielSchreiber.org
Wintertime in the Central Plains can be brutal, and it was exactly that in the Texas Panhandle this morning. Just before 2AM, the cozy cattle farm town of Dalhart, Texas – straddling Dallam and Hartley Counties on the extreme northwest corner of the Texas Panhandle – plummeted from a toasty December night temperature of 55°F to a miserable 28°F as a potent cold front blasted through the Central Plains. Coupled with 40 mile-per-hour winds and wintry precipitation, wind chill temperatures plunged into the single digits almost instantaneously.
Meanwhile, at the same time 200 miles south, the bustling town of Lubbock enjoyed a breezy, but warm, early start to the weekend in the 60’s, just to be reduced to the sub-20’s by mid-day.
This strong cold front is part of a dominating winter storm that is causing hazardous winter weather to much of the Great Plains – including snow, ice pellets, and freezing rain. Further east, much of the southern portion of the Ohio River Valley, portions of the Tennessee River Valley, and the Southern Mississippi River Valley will be contending with severe thunderstorms and tornadoes, quickly swept away by the winter weather already experienced to the north and west.
– Meteorologist Dan Schreiber