The first widespread freeze of the season occurred across Central and South Texas, including the middle Texas coast, early Tuesday morning. With a cold air mass in place, conditions were ideal for the temperature to fall into the teens, 20s and 30s.
Central Texas Low Temperatures Tuesday Morning:
According to LCRA’s Hydromet, minimum temperatures across the Hill Country were anywhere between the upper teens and the mid-30s. Across Central Texas, low temperatures were mostly in low and mid-20s and acros the coastal plains region, lows were mostly in the upper 20s to the mid-30s. LCRA’s lowest gauged temperature was 16 degrees, recorded at a location in eastern Coleman County, a few miles to the west of Lake Brownwood.
In Austin, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport recorded a low temperature of 22 degrees, breaking the daily record of 23 degrees set in 1910. Austin-Camp Mabry was one of the warmest spots around, with a low temperature of 30 degrees.
Southerly breezes are bringing a return of milder temperatures, so no additional freezes are expected Tuesday night. Lows Wednesday morning will include the upper 30s across the Hill Country, the lower 40s across Central Texas and the low to mid-50s towards the coast.
A cold front is forecast to move across the area Wednesday, bringing another push of cooler air for our area. There will be a slight chance for a few light rain showers along the cold front for the area between Austin and La Grange, trending to a 40-50 percent for showers and scattered thunderstorms from La Grange, southeast to the coast. Rain amounts will range from a few hundredths across Central Texas to around a half inch across the middle Texas coast.
A light freeze is forecast across the Hill Country and parts of Central Texas Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights. Across the Hill Country, lows each night will be in the upper 20s to low 30s. Across Central Texas, lows will be mostly in the low and mid-30s. Lows in the upper 30s to low 40s are forecast across the coastal plains region.
Dry and slightly warmer weather looks to follow this weekend.