Get ready for another big change in our weather! A polar cold front is on the way to Central Texas, currently timed to arrive Thursday night with showers & storms in tow.

Ahead of it, there's some real warmth out there today. Our forecast calls for sunny skies and afternoon highs in the mid 80s. 

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It's going to be a bit breezy, too, with humidity gradually pumping back in from the Gulf of Mexico. Southerly winds will pick up the pace, with sustained winds around 15 to 20 mph through the afternoon.  

We'll watch for low clouds to develop late tonight, turning skies gray to start our Thursday with notably warmer morning 60s. By afternoon, we'll likely reach low to mid 80s with more clouds than sun.

During the first half of the day, our computer models show some hit-or-miss showers developing around the area. As we watch the front approach from the north, some strong to severe storms are expected to blossom and they could bring more than heavy rain.

Lightning, hail and strong storm wind gusts are all possible. We have a marginal risk for severe weather during the afternoon commute and early evening hours.

While most of the heavy rain will taper into the night, a few showers could linger into Friday. And it's going to be chilly! For much of the day, 50s could feel like 40s as northerly winds howl in at around 20 to 30 mph. This cold front looks similarly powerful to the polar blast we received a few Fridays ago (remember the final Friday of ACL Fest weekend two?) and temps will tumble into 30s and 40s, we believe, to kick off the weekend.

Both Saturday and Sunday look mostly clear, with cold mornings then mild afternoons. We'll kick off next week with what looks like a dry cold front on Monday, then a stronger front is possible late in the week.

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--Chief Meteorologist Burton Fitzsimmons (@Burton_Spectrum)