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A Winter Storm Watch has been issued for Saturday night, and continuing through Monday morning, for Lubbock and the surrounding area. It is expected to be upgraded to a Winter Storm Warning, once the snow begins to fall.

In addition, Lubbock and the South Plains is forecast to go almost a whole week with temperatures below freezing, according to the latest forecast, issued Friday afternoon.

Saturday morning, there will be some freezing drizzle across the South Plains.  Then, the main snowfall event is expected to start Saturday night, some time after midnight.

According to Ron Roberts' latest forecast, 5" to 8" inches of snow is expected in Lubbock, and across most of the South Plains.  Floydada, and a pocket of the northeast South Plains, could receive even more snow, with 7" inches being the minimum snowfall total forecast.

Ron Roberts, KAMC-TV

The Lubbock office of the National Weather Service shared an interesting note on Friday. It had been 50 years since temperatures are forecast to get below zero degrees, in Lubbock, and the surrounding counties. January 5, 1971, was the last time a morning low in Lubbock was forecast for below zero (-4 degrees).

Meanwhile, up north in Amarillo and the Texas Panhandle, their weather is slated to be even colder: with a low of -9 on Sunday, going into Monday; and a low of -2 for Monday night going into Tuesday morning. Snowfall accumulations for most of the Texas Panhandle are expected to be between 5" to 10" for this weekend. Specifically, for Amarillo, and east of US 87, the accumulations are forecast to be between 7" to 10" inches.