A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY remains in effect across the entire KXAN viewing area until noon Friday.
Wintry precipitation has ended across Central Texas after a significant overnight icing event.
Numerous multicar pileups littered even major highways late Thursday night, from Highways 290 and 183 to MoPac. Temperatures quickly dropped below freezing Thursday evening, allowing continuing sleet, ice pellets and freezing rain to begin accumulating.
Some areas in the Hill Country — namely Lampasas and San Saba counties — saw up to 1 inch of snow coating grassy surfaces and roadways alike. Sleet accumulated on yards, sidewalks and roads from the Hill Country east to Lee and Fayette Counties.
Temperatures remain well below freezing across all of Central Texas Friday morning, so even though precipitation has ended, roads remain very treacherous.
The city is advising against any unnecessary travel on area roadways Friday morning until temperatures climb above freezing and melt slick spots. The Austin area won’t hit 32 degrees until midday Friday.
Temperatures will hit the upper 30s in the afternoon.
This weekend will bring a dramatic turnaround in our weather pattern, with temperatures warming drastically into the mid-70s by Sunday afternoon.
But on the heels of the quick warmup, another Arctic front — this one mainly dry — will bring back a major chill during the early to middle parts of next week.