REMNANTS OF SNOW   Patches of snow remaining from last Sunday, when more than three inches of snow were recorded here, still were visible in shaded areas throughout Lamesa on Friday, similar to the scene above in front of Medical Arts Hospital. The desert-style vegetation with snow on the ground in the flower bed of the hospital made a picturesque setting.   (Herrel Hallmark/Press-Reporter)
REMNANTS OF SNOW Patches of snow remaining from last Sunday, when more than three inches of snow were recorded here, still were visible in shaded areas throughout Lamesa on Friday, similar to the scene above in front of Medical Arts Hospital. The desert-style vegetation with snow on the ground in the flower bed of the hospital made a picturesque setting. (Herrel Hallmark/Press-Reporter)
    Four days after Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow in Pennsylvania on Groundhog Day – foretelling six more weeks of winter weather – Lamesa recorded its coldest temperature this year.
    An Arctic cold blast sent the thermostat plunging down into the single digits at 9 degrees Fahrenheit by 8:35 a.m. Thursday, according to the West Texas Mesonet website’s recording station in Lamesa for Texas Tech University.
    After hovering around 10 degrees for awhile that day the temperature finally climbed up to its high of 17 degrees at 5:55 p.m.
    Snow flurries were seen throughout the day Thursday after a dusting of snow fell here late Wednesday and early Thursday morning. Some light snow flurries remained in the area on Friday.
    An early morning low of 15 degrees on Friday warmed that afternoon to 43 degrees – the first day above freezing since Tuesday, which recorded a high of 53 degrees.
    Daytime temperatures on Wednesday never got above freezing but they dropped from 30 degrees at midnight Tuesday to a daytime high of 22 degrees at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday and a low of 13 degrees at 11:45 p.m.


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