Temperatures will be trending much colder this week as two separate cold fronts bring a return of more winter-like readings. The first cold front was located early this afternoon across North Texas, stretching from Texarkana to Brownwood, to near Midland. Ahead of the cold front, mostly sunny and mild weather will be in place. High temperatures will range from the upper 60s across the Hill Country to the middle 70s towards the coast. Expect a west wind at 5-12 mph.
The cold front is forecast to move across the Hill Country this afternoon, reaching the Austin area by late afternoon. The front will continue driving south this evening, pushing off the middle Texas coast before midnight. No rain is expected with the front, but an overcast sky will likely develop behind the front this evening and overnight. Breezy and noticeably cooler conditions will take hold overnight. Low temperatures Wednesday morning will include the low and middle 30s across the Hill Country, the upper 30s across Central Texas and the low to mid 40s across the coastal plains. Expect a north wind at 10-15 mph.
Clouds will slowly clear Wednesday morning, with the sky becoming mostly sunny in the afternoon. Wednesday's temperature will only warm to around 50-52 degrees. There will be a north wind at 10-15 mph for much of the day. The low temperature Thursday morning will again range from the low and mid-30s across the Hill Country to the low and mid-40s towards the coast.
The second cold front, an arctic cold front, is forecast to push south across the region Thursday afternoon. Ahead of the front, readings will briefly warm into the 60s Thursday morning but much colder readings will follow in the afternoon. The front should move through with no precipitation, although the sky will likely become cloudy behind the front Thursday afternoon. Windy and much colder weather will develop Thursday afternoon, continuing Thursday night. Expect a northwesterly wind at 15-25 mph, with occasional gusts to around 30 mph. Readings are forecast to fall to or below freezing across the Hill Country and the Interstate 35 corridor regions by about sunrise Friday morning. Low temperatures Friday morning will include the mid and upper 20s across the Hill Country, the low 30s across the Interstate 35 corridor, with middle 30s across Central Texas and lower 40s towards the coast.
We will need to closely watch weather conditions Friday morning, as parts of the Hill Country and the Interstate 35 corridor could see a little light freezing precipitation. Forecast solutions call for a weak trough of low pressure in the upper atmosphere to track from eastern New Mexico to the Red River Valley region during the day on Friday. This system is forecast to be just strong enough to possibly generate a little light precipitation across the region Friday morning into Friday afternoon. As of now, just a few hundredths of an inch of precipitation is forecast. However, temperatures across the Hill Country and the Interstate 35 corridor will be cold enough Friday morning for the precipitation to potentially become light freezing rain or light freezing drizzle. Significant precipitation is not expected. There is still considerable uncertainty with this forecast for freezing precipitation, so please check back for later updates. The threat for precipitation should end Friday evening as the trough of low pressure exits the region.
Friday's temperature will be quite cold, with readings only reaching the mid-30s across the Hill Country, the upper 30s across Central Texas, with mid and upper 40s across the coastal plains.
A hard freeze is forecast across the Hill Country and most of Central Texas Friday night. Low temperatures Saturday morning will include the low and mid-20s across the Hill Country, the upper 20s across Central Texas and the lower 30s towards the coast.
Mostly sunny but cold weather will continue Saturday, with high temperatures mostly in the mid and upper 40s.
Another freeze is forecast Saturday night. Lows Sunday morning will range from the mid-20s across the Hill Country to around 30 degrees towards the coast.
Sunny and a little warmer weather is forecast Sunday, with high temperatures around 50-52 degrees.
Low temperatures Monday morning will generally be in the mid and upper 30s.
The arctic air mass is forecast to shift east beginning next Monday, allowing milder temperatures to return to the region. High temperatures are forecast to be in the 60s Monday, warming to the 70s next Tuesday through Friday. Low temperatures next week look to generally be in the 40s to low 50s. The weather pattern is forecast to be sunny and dry throughout the week.2016 Weather Wrap Up
2016 weather across Central Texas averaged much warmer and wetter than normal.
Rainfall was down from 2015, but still averaged several inches above normal at most locations. Austin-Camp Mabry received 38.85 inches of rain in 2016, making it the 32nd wettest year on record, dating back to 1897. Meanwhile at Austin-Bergstrom, rainfall totaled 53.86 inches, making it the 3rd wettest year on record, behind 2015 and 1957.
In regards to temperature, 2016 will rank as one of the warmest years on record! At Austin-Camp Mabry, the average annual temperature was 71.4 degrees, making 2016 the 4th warmest year on record, behind 2011, 2012 and 2006. (Records date back to 1897). The average annual temperature at Austin-Bergstrom was 69.6 degrees, ranking as the 7th warmest year on record, dating back to 1942.