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Frozen precipitation possible Thursday night through Friday

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A rare winter weather event is in the forecast across much of central Texas as the two main ingredients necessary for snow and ice may finally mix later this week. An arctic cold front will be moving through Texas on Thursday as an upper level disturbance approaches from the west. By Thursday night, precipitation will likely begin to develop as temperatures drop below freezing. Precipitation type is very difficult to forecast in Texas as any slight change in temperature can be the difference between seeing rain, freezing rain, sleet, or snow. Currently, the computer models are indicating that Austin, College Station, and the Texas Hill Country will mainly see a snow/sleet mix beginning Thursday evening and continuing through Friday morning. The latest models are indicating that San Antonio and Houston will mainly see a freezing rain/sleet mix Thursday night through Friday. Areas south of IH-10 will mainly see a rain/freezing rain mix throughout this event, except Deep South Texas will likely just see a cold rain. Even though the precipitation will mostly be light, the long duration of this event (over 12 hours) will likely cause some ice/snow accumulations (between .10 inch and 1 inch) by Friday afternoon across much of the region. A warming trend will begin on Saturday but won’t last long as another strong cold front will likely move through Texas on Monday. Stay warm everyone!

Forecast

Thursday: Cloudy, breezy, and much colder with a 30% chance of rain. The high temperature of 48 degrees will occur in the morning before the front moves through, with temperatures slowly dropping in the afternoon.

Thursday night: Cloudy and breezy with freezing rain, sleet, and snow likely. Snow/ice accumulations up to 1 inch possible. Low: 27.

Friday: Mostly cloudy and cold with a 40% chance of freezing rain, sleet, and snow. High: 36.

Saturday: Partly cloudy and warmer. High: 59, Low: 29.

Sunday: Mostly sunny. High: 69, Low: 40.

Monday: Partly cloudy, breezy, and colder. High: 57, Low: 43.

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