AUSTIN (KXAN) — Gray skies with on and off rain are in the forecast Thanksgiving Day through the entire holiday weekend. A combination of an upper level storm, intense Pacific hurricane and powerful cold front will yield big changes over the next several days.
Hurricane Sandra, a major hurricane in the East Pacific, is the strongest tropical cyclone ever recorded in that area this late in the year. The storm is the 9th category 3+ hurricane of the season in the E. Pacific, a new record. Sandra is likely peaking in intensity and is expected to start weakening later today.
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Cloudy skies with occasional light rain are expected Thanksgiving Day through early Friday.
- Turkey Trot Forecast: Drizzle, passing showers, 70 degrees
- UT-Texas Tech Game Forecast: 60% chance of showers, 72 degrees
Periods of moderate to heavy rain are expected late Friday through Saturday as a powerful cold front slides in from the north undercutting the stream of moisture from Hurricane Sandra. Fortunately, the heaviest rain will likely stay to our north, so no flash flood watches are currently in effect across Central Texas.
After a few warm, muggy days, temperatures this weekend will not escape the upper 30s and 40s. Fortunately, no icy roads are forecast here, but a mix of freezing rain, sleet and snow will is expected over the holiday weekend in northwest Texas, including areas from Amarillo south through Lubbock to Midland/Odessa. Winter Storm and Ice Storm Warnings have been issued for portions the Texas Panhandle.
ABIA has recorded its wettest year in its history. Records began in 1942. This has been an extraordinary year for the site, with its wettest day and month on record, too: ABIA saw its soggiest day ever with 13.00 inches of rain on Friday, October 30th, far exceeding the 1974 record of 8.70 inches and making October ABIA’s wettest month.
Camp Mabry has officially tallied its 2nd-wettest year on record. It’s still about 10 inches away from the all-time record, 64.68″, set in 1919, but El Niño conditions could help continue to boost rainfall totals through the end of December. These records come on top of two 35+ day dry spells this year. Records at Camp Mabry began in the 1890s.
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Due to the strong El Niño conditions in the Pacific Ocean, the Climate Prediction Center is forecasting colder and wetter than normal weather for the winter ahead, and possibly well into the spring of 2016.