Coldest weather of the season on the way!

Posted at 4:31 PM, Nov 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-08 19:01:06-05

After experiencing one of the hottest summers on record, and the second wettest October on record, it looks like mother nature is getting ready to deliver even more wacky!

A rather strong cold front will push through the region tonight and early Friday morning, bringing another round of rain and thunderstorms. Most of the rain will end by Friday early morning, but a few strong storms can’t be ruled out for our central and southern counties. Hail, heavy rain, lightning and gusty winds are the main threats with storms. Partly cloudy skies are expected throughout the day Friday, which won’t allow for much warming to occur. Sunrise temperatures will be in the 40s, followed by afternoon highs in the 50s. For all of you planning to head out to the high school football games, be prepared to bundle up! Temperatures will be falling through the 40s throughout the evening, with wind chills in the 30s.

Saturday morning will likely be the coolest morning of the season (so far). If we can maintain mostly clear skies heading into sunrise, many of us will fall into the mid to low 30s. If clouds work their way back in, our temperatures may only fall into the mid to upper 30s / low 40s. We haven’t seen widespread temps in the 30s across our counties this season. In fact, the last time we saw this type of weather was on April 16th. But wait.. THERE’S MORE!

Isolated showers will be possible Saturday with highs struggling to climb out of the 40s (yikes)! We’ll probably see a few more showers on Sunday with temps ranging between the 40s and the 50s. Then we get into Monday, which is when things could get very interesting. All of our forecast models are honing in on a big surge of arctic air blasting through the southern Plains. The way it looks right now, our high temperatures could occur at midnight, with falling temperatures throughout the day on Monday. How cold will it get? Some models are suggesting that afternoon temperatures will be in the 30s and 40s, with wind chills in the 20s and 30s. It will likely be somewhere in that ballpark. Tuesday & Wednesday mornings will probably be even cooler. Our first freeze is likely on tap with temps in the low 30s. Here’s the kicker: some forecast models are hinting at temps in the 20s.

Long story short: our temperatures are going to reflect more of a December/January pattern over the next 7 days (versus a November pattern). It’s going to get quite cold out here! Make sure to keep an eye on your First Alert Central Texas weather apps for the latest updates. If you don't already have it, search "KXXV" in your app store and download it.

Get those jackets ready, Central Texas! Big changes are on the way.

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