Even though most of the action missed the Austin metro area, waves of rain and thunderstorms kept us busy through the night with heavy downpours especially in the Hill Country.  And now, biting Winter chill has returned!  A polar cold front swept in sooner and with more power than had been forecast, delivering windchills in the 30s and 40s all day long.  You'll need a jacket and umbrella today.

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That's right, we're not done with the rain just yet!  It's an overall 80% chance for additional showers & maybe a few more storms today, so make sure you keep an eye on the radar and stay tuned for our updates on 'Weather on the 1s'.  So far, we've seen most of the heavy rain go north of Austin but Futurecast says a few more showers will probably develop as the day goes by.  That said, the odds will gradually drop back down to 40% after sunset tonight.

After hitting an apparent high temperature of 72 around midnight, we dropped 19 degrees between 2 and 3 o'clock as the polar front moved across Austin.  Northerly breezes will be quite strong today, with sustained winds close to 20 mph at times this afternoon.  Expect gusts to range from 20 to 30 mph.

Another upper-level ripple in the flow aloft could help kick off one more round of showers and storms tomorrow -- a 60% chance -- and it'll be a chilly rain at that, with daytime highs barely getting out of the 40s.  Winds will gradually die down tomorrow morning and then start to turn and become southeasterly again by the end of our Thursday.  As the Gulf breeze increases Friday, it'll add more warmth, humidity and general comfort with daytime highs back up around 70.

A weak Pacific cold front is expected to arrive late Saturday and it, too, brings a 50% chance for rain, but only a tad bit of cooling.  Temps might drop five degrees or so for Sunday.

Please be sure to check back for updates here and on TV every 10 minutes with our 'Weather on the 1s', which you can also catch via the live stream here and on our app.

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Keep warm!
--Chief Meteorologist Burton Fitzsimmons (@Burton_Spectrum)