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Light Freezing Rain/Sleet

Posted December 6th, 2013 @ 10:27am

Delays -

Austin ISD - All out-of-district indoor and outdoor activities and events have been canceled for today, Dec. 6, and tomorrow, Dec. 7, due to inclement weather.

Weather -

...HEADLINE...Cold conditions will continue through midday Sunday. There is a slight chance of light freezing rain this afternoon through early Sunday morning for the Coastal Plains. A few snow flurries are possible in the Hill Country.

...AREA OF CONCERN...Temperatures – all of South Central Texas, especially the northern half of the area, where temperatures may stay below freezing until Sunday Afternoon.  Precipitation – a slight chance of freezing rain for DeWitt, Lavaca, Lee, and Fayette counties this afternoon through early Sunday morning.  

...IMPACTS...Cold temperatures in the 20s, lower 20s for more than eight hours may cause pipes to burst, especially in Hill Country and northern counties.  Light freezing rain/sleet may develop over the coastal plains this afternoon through Sunday morning, but little to no accumulation is expected, and the only impact would be slick spots on bridges and overpasses. Snow flurries are possible this morning north of Metro Austin and in the Hill Country, but most of what is seen on radar is evaporating before it gets to the ground. Cold weather safety is about People, Pets, Plants, Pipes. People, pets, and plants should be indoors or covered appropriately if outdoors. Similarly, outdoor faucets should be covered, outdoor pipes and hoses drained or wrapped, and indoor pipes wrapped and faucets set on a low drip.

...TIMING...The coldest conditions will be tonight. After a brief warm-up Sunday, expect the cold to return Monday night through Wednesday morning, with lows in the 20s and highs in the mid 30s to lower 40s.   

...DISCUSSION...Cold arctic air remains in place and will stick around for several more days. Temperatures will struggle to get above freezing today across the Hill Country and Metro Austin, and only reach the upper 30s to near 40 elsewhere. Temperatures will fall again into the 20s across most of the area tonight with upper teens in the western Hill Country. Another weak disturbance is forecast to move into Texas from the southwest and bring a slight chance for light freezing rain/drizzle of the Coastal Plains (DeWitt, Lavaca, Lee, and Fayette counties) this afternoon hours through early Sunday morning. Any freezing precipitation that does fall is not expected to accumulate. The only impact would be slipper spots on bridges and overpasses.

Sunday will be dry and slightly warmer with highs in the upper 40s and low 50s and lows Sunday into Monday will be above freezing except for the Hill Country. Another disturbance moves in early Monday morning with colder conditions and another chance of wintry precipitation across the Hill Country Monday morning, and Coastal Plains Tuesday Morning.

The latest forecasts and watches/warnings/advisories from the Austin-San Antonio National Weather Service are at

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