Amarillo’s record dry streak ends, wintry mix in forecast

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Texas Panhandle farmers and ranchers have been hoping for some rain since mid-October. They finally got it early Saturday morning — the absolute least amount of rain measurable by the National Weather Service.

According to NWS in Amarillo, 0.01 inch of rain fell a few minutes after midnight. That was just enough to break the city’s streak of consecutive days without precipitation at 126. The previous record was 75 days in 1957.

Ironically, it also wasn’t a gullywasher that broke the record more than 60 years ago. Meteorologist John Cockrell of the NWS said 0.03 inch of rain fell then.

Although the drought’s stranglehold of the area remains, there is a sliver of hope for later this week for some precipitation. The best chances to see moisture are for those living in the eastern parts of the Panhandle.

On Wednesday, the NWS forecasts a slight chance of light snow and/or sleet in the afternoon and a slight chance of rain in the evening for areas east of the city.

Amarillo’s first chance of precipitation will be Thursday, according to the NWS. A 30 percent chance of light snow for the city and a 40 percent chance of light snow in the eastern Panhandle are forecast.

Amarillo appears to be dry again Friday, but slight moisture chances are expected to linger into the evening in the eastern and northeastern portions of the Panhandle.

By Saturday, the slight chance of light rain is expected to envelop the eastern, northeastern and northern portions of the Panhandle.

Unfortunately, “there’s no big shift in our major weather pattern,” Cockrell said. “We don’t have high hopes for any appreciable rain.”

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