Low humidity, combined with high winds and dry conditions results in high fire danger in the area, and under these conditions, fires can spread rapidly.
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The National Weather Service's Lubbock office has set the dates for this year's regional SKYWARN Training.
SKYWARN is a volunteer program with over 250,000 trained severe weather spotters nationwide
One to two inch snow amounts are expected, with the higher amounts in the southern Panhandle, and two to four inches are possible in some areas.
Light to occasionally moderate snowfall is expected to develop late this evening across the northern South Plains and southwestern Texas Panhandle.
The NWS says that the main impact of the storm will likely be accumulating ice from freezing drizzle, freezing rain, and sleet. The potential also exists for several inches of snowfall in the northwestern South Plains and southern Texas Panhandle.
The NWS says that moderate to heavy rainfall may occur, and could persist in some areas for several hours or more.
Scattered to numerous thunderstorms are expected to develop across eastern New Mexico into the western and northern South Plains Monday afternoon and evening.
The storms will be likely capable of producing damaging winds of more than 60 miles per hour and quarter sized hail.
The city of Moore was pointed out as an area that could be hard hit in a NWS Briefing hours before the deadly storm developed
Yet another late spring freeze is possible Tuesday night, with temperatures likely dropping below 28 degrees in some areas.