by Conley Isom
As the cold, arctic air settles into Central Texas, Saturday morning is setting up to be one of the coldest we have seen in recent years. The winds will be calm, skies clear, and the air very dry. This will allow temperatures to drop quickly. At least the winds will not be a factor so wind chill values won't be a problem. The actual air temperature, however, will be the problem.
A Hard Freeze Warning is in effect for the Brazos Valley and East Texas for Saturday morning with temperatures expected in the teens. This part of Texas has more tropical type vegetation that could be lost due to the extremely cold weather.
We are forecasting low temperatures to be near 10 degrees for Waco, Temple, and Killeen on Saturday morning. Across the western and northern counties, from San Saba to Hamilton to Meridian to Hillsboro, temperatures will likely be in the single digits. Now that is cold!
The record temperature for Waco on January 9th is 15 degrees, set back in 1913. The last time Waco dropped into the single digits was back in December of 1989.
Temperatures will be cold again on Saturday afternoon but should make it to above freezing for a few hours. Overall, most places will have been below freezing for 36-48 hours. We will slow warm up as we head into next week with rain returning to the forecast.
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