AUSTIN (KXAN) — An Arctic cold front brought a large drop in temperatures Saturday, and moisture moving in behind it gave Central Texas a wintry mix Sunday morning and early afternoon.
The system started off producing just cold rain that hit temperatures on the ground below freezing, becoming icy. Sleet mixed in with the freezing rain shortly after sunrise. Then the moisture tapped into some instability in the atmosphere, causing lightning, graupel and eventually, small hail to form! Click here to see the photos!
Sunday’s high temperatures struggled to climb out of the 30s, with a widespread freeze expected overnight. Anything slushy or icy on the roads will remain that way through Monday morning.
Dry air is moving in so quickly behind this system that the Hill Country saw a few peeks of sunshine — and temperatures popping up into the 40s — before sunset Sunday. No more precipitation is expected with this system, as clouds clear out overnight. Expect it to be very cold tonight: 1-2 degrees colder than Sunday morning.
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