- By Adam Krueger
- 12/05/2013 07:14 PM
Remains Cold & Breezy, Possible Freezing Rain Overnight
A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY has been issued until 2PM Friday. The western Hill Country will be impacted first, then the precip slides east late overnight and continues Friday morning. "Minor" ice accumulation is expected, meaning mainly just some possible ice patches on elevated roads.
In addition to the threat of freezing rain, winds remain breezy with sustained speeds mostly between 10-20 mph, with higher gusts at times...
Futurecast shows a belt of precipitation moving across our area overnight and Friday morning, then mostly tapering Friday afternoon. From there, are overall precip chances are lower over the weekend, but if anything occurs, it will likely be cold enough for a threat of light wintry mix. Friday night and Saturday it's only a 20% chance, then 30% Sat night and Sun AM, tapering Sunday afternoon.
Very Cold... Temps fall to or slightly below freezing Fri AM, hold in the 30s during the day, then fall to the 20s by Sat AM! If you haven't protected your pipes yet, now is the time as this will be the coldest yet this season. Saturday will be very cold with many areas not even warming above freezing during the day, maybe mid 30s at the warmest. Back to below freezing Sun AM, then bottom half of 40s Sunday afternoon. It remains cold early next work week, too.
Breezy... That pesky north wind remains breezy through Saturday, then winds will be much lighter Sunday. Another reinforcing breezy cold front arrives Monday with gusts back up around 20+ mph.
Check out the extended forecast for more details on the long-lasting cold.
I should mention, North Texas is getting it much worse with significant ice accumulation there, potentially up to 0.25" in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, and possibly 0.50"+ in far N/NE Texas.
Locally, light ice accumulations will most likely take hold first on elevated surfaces like bridges and overpasses, and could make roadways and general travel very dangerous in Texas all weekend long. For more about winter travel in general, take a look at NOAA's Texas Winter Weather Guide.
Horns vs Bears... If Oklahoma goes to Stillwater and beats Oklahoma State, then the Horns-Baylor game will be for first place in the Big XII. A kickoff temperature of 30 degrees with a north wind 5 to 15 mph is forecast. Guidance suggests dry weather at the start but possible freezing rain by the fourth quarter.
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