There's some serious chill out there, and a little bit of sleet, too! On the radar, we see light, chilly rain mixing with some small ice pellets -- all of which has been melting immediately on contact with the ground, at least so far. For now, we do not think there is a serious threat of accumulating ice on roadways yet you should certainly take extra caution when it comes to travel.
But before you head out the door, make sure you dress in layers and include a big winter coat. Our forecast calls for a wind chill of 32 or below all day long, with actual temps rising gradually back into the mid and upper 30s at the peak this afternoon.
Temps are mostly above freezing in the Austin area but at or below 32 for some communities north and west of the CapCity, and that's where some of this precip might fall in the form of light snow flurries. We'll keep a 30% chance for a wintry mix in the forecast through the day, then odds drop to 20% after sunset.
The weekend will start with temps near freezing at sunrise Saturday, moving up to a high near or slightly over 40 by the afternoon. Some light sprinkles of liquid rainfall look possible during the day (30% chance) but there won't likely be much accumulation.
Southerly winds will start to return by Sunday, helping to elevate temps even more during the second half of the weekend. We're calling for morning lows in the upper 30s then highs in the low 50s, and it's a slightly better 40% rain chance.
The warm-up will continue into Monday with highs near 70, and it looks like an even better shot for showers (50% odds.) A fairly weak cold front is expected to arrive Tuesday, with daytime temps in the seasonable 60s most of the week.
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