Lubbock winter storm brings lowest temps in decades

Feb 15, 2021

UPDATE 12:10 p.m. on Feb. 16 

Lubbock will continue to see freezing conditions and precipitation for the next few days. 

A 36-county region that includes Lubbock is under a winter weather advisory through the evening. An additional inch of snow could accumulate. Lubbock is not expected to get above freezing temperatures until later this week. 

While the city has not seen the widespread power outage much of the rest of Texas is experiencing, area residents should anticipate possible rolling blackouts as electricity demand remains high. 

UPDATE 3:30 p.m. on Feb. 15 

The sun is out, but temperatures remain in the teens in Lubbock Monday afternoon. 

So far, the city has not experienced widespread power outages. Lubbock Power and Light warned mid-Monday that rolling outages are possible as demand for electricity remains high in the coming days.

Millions of Texans are affected by power outages, including those in the metro areas of Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and Austin. Those people get their power from the ERCOT electricity grid. 

Lubbock is on the Southwest Power Pool electric grid that serves communities up through North Dakota, but will join ERCOT this summer. 

UPDATE Feb. 14 

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for most of Texas over the weekend. In Lubbock, the area is experiencing the coldest temperatures seen in decades—with highs in the single digits and wind chill values as low as -14. The coldest temperature ever recorded in the area was -17 in February of 1933.
 

Throughout Sunday, Lubbock and the surrounding areas received 3-5 inches of snow combined with winds. Officials warn the hazardous conditions could lead to frostbite in under 30 minutes.

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning and a wind chill warning, which remains in effect until Monday afternoon, for the region. They asked residents to avoid outdoor activities as much as possible and use caution while driving. The low temperatures are expected to remain throughout the week.