Thursday Arctic Outbreak Update - LCRA Thursday Arctic Outbreak Update - LCRA


…Precipitation Exiting the Region Late This Afternoon…

 …Very Cold Temperatures Expected Thursday Night and Friday Night. A Hard Freeze Warning is in Effect from 9 pm Thursday through 10 am Friday…

 …Milder Temperatures Developing Friday Afternoon, Continuing through the Weekend…

The final round of wintery precipitation was spreading across Parts of West, Central and South Texas Thursday afternoon.  As of 2 pm, the highest reported snow totals have been in the vicinity of  Del Rio, where 9.7 inches was recorded in the City of Del Rio. Brackettville has recorded 7.5 inches and the San Antonio area has measured 1-2 inches. Kyle and Lockhart have both recorded 1.5 inches. Austin-Bergstrom has measured a tenth of an inch of snow, while Camp Mabry has recorded just a trace.

The trough of low pressure responsible for today’s snow is tracking east across Texas and should be exiting our region by this evening. Light snow is forecast to end from north to south this afternoon, and all of the precipitation should end by evening. Afternoon temperatures are predicted to warm and couple of degrees and several locations may rise above freezing. Clouds will clear this evening, enabling temperatures to turn much colder overnight. Sunny and a little warmer weather is predicted for Friday, with the temperature rising above freezing at all locations. However, another very chilly night is forecast Friday night.

  • Low temperatures Saturday morning will include the low and mid-teens across the Hill Country, the upper teens across Central Texas and the low 20s across the coastal plains.
  • High temperatures Friday will generally be in the low 40s.
  • Lows Saturday morning will generally be in the low and mid-20s

The arctic air mass which has been in place all week is forecast to finally exit our region on Saturday, causing a return of milder temperatures. With a sunny sky in place, Saturday’s temperature is predicted to climb to the low 50s.

Temperatures are forecast to remain above freezing across the region Saturday night into Sunday morning. Clouds and moisture returning off the Gulf of Mexico will cause a mostly cloudy sky. Lows Sunday morning will be mostly in the mid-30s.

Morning clouds on Sunday should give way to a mostly sunny sky and warmer weather in the afternoon.  High temperatures look to be in the upper 50s.  Lows Monday morning will range from the low 30s across the Hill Country to the mid-30s across Central Texas to around 40 degrees near the coast.

The outlook for next week calls for sunny and dry weather as a stable ridge of high pressure develops across the southern U.S. High temperatures Monday in the upper 50s will warm to the mid-60s Tuesday and reach close to 70 degrees on Wednesday. Upper 50s to mid-60s are forecast next Thursday and Friday. Low temperatures next week will generally be in the 30s and 40s. No widespread freezing temperatures are forecast.

Long-range forecast call for more mild temperatures during the first week of March, with highs in the 60s and lows in the 40s.

Bob