AUSTIN (KXAN) — Pleasant, mild weather is in your forecast for one more day ahead of some big changes that will impact our weekend plans.
Tomorrow, we feel the effects of a diffuse cold front with mainly gray skies and high temperatures failing to reach 60 degrees.
Rain holds off until Saturday afternoon through early Sunday morning, when a potent upper-level storm system will be swinging across the state. Widespread light to moderate rain with a few embedded thunderstorms is likely late Saturday, but will be clearing out in time for your church and brunch plans on Sunday. Sunday still looks like a much better day for your outdoor plans.
- For the first time this season, cedar pollen is observed today on our allergy count. Learn more here.
8-14 day outlooks are pointing toward the likelihood of cold, wet weather at times Christmas weekend and Christmas Day. It is too soon for specifics, but stay with the First Warning Weather team as we monitor the latest.
Winter storm recap:
On December 7, Austin recorded 1.3″ snow at ABIA, the highest snow total there since reliable daily records began in 1999, and very likely the most since 1985. 0.40″ fell at Camp Mabry, the most snowfall since Feb. 4, 2011 and a new record for December 7th: no snow has ever fallen at Camp Mabry on that date. ABIA has already tied a record for December 8, with a trace amount of snow that fell just minutes after midnight. That ties the record set originally in 2013.
Official reports of one to four inches of snow were received from parts of Hays and Caldwell counties, with up to 5 inches in Lee County. A couple other locations reported 4.5″, including near Rosanky in Bastrop County. The highest unofficial report was 5.5″, received from a KXAN viewer in McDade, in northern Bastrop County. .
Major thoroughfares like Mopac and SH-130 faced icing issues Friday morning with Austin’s first freeze of the season. Conditions changed rapidly by afternoon, with sunshine and temperatures in the 40s and 50s. Snow on grassy surfaces, roofs and windshields was melting by the lunch hour.
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