- By Adam Krueger
- 12/05/2013 04:09 AM
Fog, Then Strong Thu AM Cold Front, Long Stretch of Cold Weather, Potential Ice
It was one last warm one Wednesday with highs in the 70s to 80...
Much of the night will be mild until the front arrives in the morning. Ahead of it, a DENSE FOG ADVISORY has been issued for the morning with potential visibilities under a quarter of a mile. The front should clear most of the area by sunrise (taking the fog away with it) with temperatures falling to the 40s, even a few upper 30s, during the afternoon. A north wind at 10-20+ will make it feel even colder.
Futurecast shows very little precipitation overnight and Thursday, but a batch of more widespread light precip should spread across the area Thursday night. At the same time, temps fall to freezing Friday morning, resulting in potential for some sleet/freezing drizzle, especially west and north of Austin. I'll breakdown the forecast for the next few days by category...
Falling to 40s and a few 30s Thu afternoon. 30-32 for most areas Fri AM. Mid to upper 30s Fri afternoon. Mostly 20s Sat AM. 30s Sat afternoon. Near or below 32 Sunday AM, low 40s Sun afternoon. Remains cool, but not as cold, for much of next week.
Small rain chance Thu. Increased rain chance Thu night changing to sleet/freezing rain in the AM, then lower precip chance Friday during the day with little to no ice threat. Precip chances remain low Fri night, but any that occurs may be a wintry mix. Precip chances start to rise Sat to Sat night, and it will be cold enough for a wintry mix. Small rain chance Sunday.
Generall sustained north winds at 10-20 mph from Thu AM through Saturday, with gusts over 20 mph. Winds subside a bit Sunday, but should increase again Monday with gusts of 20+.
Check out the extended forecast for more details.
Light ice accumulations will most likely take hold first on elevated surfaces like bridges and overpasses, and could make roadways and general travel very dangerous in Texas all weekend long. The ice may accumulate more in the Hill Country with POSSIBLE lighter accumulations closer to I-35. For more about winter travel in general, take a look at NOAA's Texas Winter Weather Guide.
Liquid precipitation totals::
NOAA's latest 7 day rain outlook calls for a range of 1/2" to 3/4" potential accumulations here at home.
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