AUSTIN (KXAN) — Freezing temperatures early Monday morning are just the beginning of what will be a much colder week, though afternoon temperatures Monday will climb to 60 degrees or warmer. An approaching Arctic front will arrive early Tuesday, and temperatures will likely not warm above the 30s and 40s across Central Texas again until Friday. At night and early in the morning New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, temperatures near or below freezing are expected in many areas, especially across the Hill Country.
As an upper level storm system slowly approaches from the Rockies, precipitation will become likely by New Year’s Day through Friday. During those periods when temperatures are below freezing, drizzle and rain could become mixed with some freezing rain and sleet, especially in the Hill Country. For most of the Austin metro area and in counties east of IH-35, some light drizzle or patchy light rain could begin New Year’s eve, with more widespread cold rain New Year’s Day and Friday. While some patchy icing can’t be ruled out in the Austin metro area, most of the precipitation is forecast to remain in liquid form.
The Hill Country counties northwest of Austin currently appear to be the more favored area for any potential sleet or freezing rain early Wednesday morning and again late on New Year’s Eve and early New Year’s Day. As the situation stands now, light icing of overpasses and bridges may be possible from Highway 281 westward during this period. If the forecast turns just a degree or two colder, however, communities along I-35 may see minor travel problems as well. When making your New Year’s Eve plans, keep in mind the potential for wintry weather.
As we continue to monitor this potential winter storm, you can stay informed by downloading our brand-new KXAN First Warning Weather app for iPhone and Android smartphones. The app will provide you with all the weather information you receive from the First Warning Weather team, plus severe weather warnings and alerts, interactive radar with layering options, and the most accurate hour-by-hour temperature and rain forecasts.