AUSTIN (KXAN) — Following two days of record-warmth around the Austin area, the first of a series of cold fronts is knocking on our door, and will bring back the all too familiar cloudy, cool, rainy days that have left quite a mark this Winter season.
Record highs were recorded area wide Tuesday and Wednesday with highs reaching the lower 80’s. We will begin to notice a few changes as early as this afternoon as a cold front charges in from NW Texas. This front, which will arrive first in the Hill Country during the late afternoon and move to the east, will limit temperatures to the upper 60s in our northern communities and lower 70s south today. Colder air really begins to funnel into the area tonight on gusty north winds that may reach 25 mph through morning. From there daytime highs will be trapped in the 50’s and lows will fall all the way into the 30’s by Monday morning.
Behind the colder air mass, an upper-level low pressure trough moving towards Texas from the eastern Pacific will pull Gulf and Pacific moisture into the state, resulting in a chance of rain Saturday morning through Sunday evening. Rain chances jump to 70 percent Saturday, as the rain is expected to start sometime during the afternoon hours, and 60 percent Sunday. Rainfall totals of 0.50″-1″ may fall this weekend area wide.
The weather forecast for the Super Bowl in Glendale, AZ is much nicer: conditions will be sunny, and afternoon temperatures will reach 70 degrees, with evening readings falling into the 50s.
Though the precipitation this weekend will be warm enough to fall as rain, you’ll want to stay on top of the variable winter weather with our free KXAN Weather app–available in your smartphone app store now.