Close to 70 on Tuesday; The arctic front arrives on Wednesday evening
Now that Monday’s rain is over, we turn our attention to a second system around the middle of the week that could bring a chance for winter precipitation.
AUSTIN, Texas – Once the rain ends Monday evening, widespread fog will be possible overnight through Tuesday morning. A foggy and gray Tuesday morning then gives way to a clearer afternoon. It will be a hot afternoon with highs around 70 degrees.
An arctic front brings massive changes for the second half of the week, starting with widespread rain and even a few thunderstorms through Wednesday afternoon and evening. On Wednesday evening, the front passes and much colder air quickly sweeps over central Texas.
Possible freezing rain and sleet Wednesday evening through Thursday
As temperatures drop, precipitation could turn to sleet and freezing rain overnight Thursday morning, particularly in the Hill Country. It remains to be seen how far to the southeast the icing impacts will be felt.
Right now, the highest likelihood of travel impacts appear to be across the Hill Country. But, even for the Austin area and southeast points, icing will be possible. There are still significant gaps between our main computer models.
We’ll need to adjust the forecast in the coming days as details become clearer, but right now the highest chance of freezing rain and sleet causing travel issues appears to be across the Hill Country, just west of Interstate 35.
However, the impacts could be felt for the entire KVUE area. Please check the forecast frequently.
In addition to the potential for winter precipitation, we are very confident that it will be cold. Temperatures through Thursday may not exceed freezing and could even drop into the 20s in the afternoon.
Friday morning will bring widespread hard frost with air temperatures in the teens and low 20s. Morning temperatures will likely remain well below zero through Monday morning. Plan ahead to protect people, pets, pipes and plants.
The KVUE Weather Team will have frequent updates on the forecast. In the meantime, the extended forecast can be found below: