Stormy morning with a rapid temperature drop will bring sub-halting w…

Stormy morning with a rapid temperature drop will bring sub-halting w…

AUSTIN (KXAN) — For an unheard-of third time in a week, Camp Mabry’s low temperature Friday dropped only to 71 degrees — tying the all-time record for the warmest December low temperature in Austin history (records extend back to 1897).

Austin is currently in the midst of its warmest December on record, with temperatures day and night running an unbelievable 10.4° above normal.

Allergy count: Wind causes cedar pollen to spike Temperatures in Austin this month are running more than 10 degrees above normal.

Morning storms

A meaningful change in pattern comes this morning as a strong storm system and powerful winter cold front approach Central Texas.

Storms will continue to grow in coverage over the next few hours bringing the risk for hail and secluded damaging winds. The viewing area is in a 1 out of 5 “marginal” threat of harsh storms.

harsh risk today

Some storms and downpours could present a flash flooding risk. While most of the rain today is welcome and much needed, any training downpours could cause secluded problems. Our Metro and eastern counties are at a Marginal (1 out of 4) risk for flash flooding this morning.

Flash flood threat this morning

The majority of the rain should exit the area by early afternoon Saturday, with mainly dry weather settling in for the late afternoon and evening hours.

Much colder temperatures & wind chills

The approaching cold front slides by the metro soon after 9am bringing a sudden temperature drop taking us from near 70 to the upper 50s by late morning. Temperatures will keep dropping this afternoon.

Temperatures today

On Sunday, a separate piece of energy from the parent storm system moves across Texas, leading to cloudy skies and additional periods of light rain showers. Sunday morning in the Hill Country, light rain may briefly mix with sleet pellets or already a snow flurry — the first wintry precipitation we have seen since February’s winter storm. This will not be a winter storm, however, with temperatures remaining above halting and no roadway impacts nor accumulation. Do let us know if you see anything frozen falling from the sky though, at [email protected]!

Clouds and radar forecast Sunday morning

Bundle up this weekend! Sunday morning’s wind chills are expected to drop below halting for most of Central Texas! However, air temperatures should stay several degrees above halting in Austin despite the sub-halting “feels-like” temperatures at times.

Wind chill Sunday morning

Camp Mabry has nevertheless however to see their first freeze of the season, and is not expected to from this weekend’s cold break. If we go until after Christmas without a first freeze, which appears likely, this winter will bring a top-10 latest first freeze in our 124 years of record-keeping.

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