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Strong cold front moving in this weekend!

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Posted at 6:28 PM, Jan 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-16 19:28:56-05

Our weather has been relatively mild over the past few days, but that’s all about to change. A strong cold front will blast through the region early Saturday, bringing miserable weather to most of the state for the remainder of the weekend. Let’s break down what you can expect throughout the rest of the week.

THURSDAY: Our fairly mild weather will carry into Thursday, with morning temperatures starting off in the upper 40s and low 50s. Patchy fog and drizzle will be possible, but we’re expecting some breaks in the clouds during the afternoon. A weak cold front will move through the area between the late morning and the afternoon, but will hardly be noticeable. For the areas that see sunshine, anticipate high temperatures to climb into the mid 60s. If your area doesn’t see as much sunshine, highs may only top out in the upper 50s and low 60s.

FRIDAY: A south wind will start to pick up (between 10-20 mph), and a few showers will be possible between the late morning and the afternoon. The cold front will begin its approach toward Central Texas between the afternoon and evening. Our wind speeds will increase (between 15-25 mph), and scattered showers and isolated storms will be possible. The rain and thunderstorm forecast is a bit tricky. Some forecast models keep our area fairly dry (see the NAM model below), while other models bring widespread rain and embedded storms through (see the EURO model below). We can’t rule out a few strong to severe storms, but most of the thunderstorms should stay below severe limits. The majority of the precipitation should move east of Central Texas by early Saturday morning.

SATURDAY: The cold front will blast through Central Texas between midnight and 3:00 A.M. Saturday’s high temperature will likely be observed right before the cold front arrives (somewhere between the 50s and low 60s). Once the cold front is through, arctic air will surge in behind it. Temperatures will plummet into the 40s and 30s, and when you factor in the gusty north wind (between 20-30 mph), it will feel like the 30s, 20s and possibly the upper teens. At times, wind gusts will range between 35-45 mph. It’s not going to be pleasant to be outdoors.

SUNDAY: With clear skies and dry air, our temperatures will continue to drop. We’re expecting sunrise temperatures to fall into the 20s areawide. Our wind should still be fairly breezy, so many of us will experience wind chills in the teens. Sunday should feature plenty of sunshine though, so high temperatures shouldn’t have a problem climbing into the upper 30s and low 40s.

Long story short: we’re about to experience a very dramatic swing in temperatures. If you’ve lived here for a while, you understand what’s coming our way. If you’re new to the area, our weather will go from Spring to Winter real quick. Get ready, Central Texas. Winter is coming!

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