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Freezing Temps, Winter Weather Threat

 
Thursday, February 26th, 2015

COLD AND WINTRY?
The cold is here...and it's getting colder overnight when lows will drop into the 20s to low 30s.  As for precipitation - chances are low, but some scattered flurries are possible in the Western Hill Country by morning, and a light wintry mix can't be ruled out Friday night into Saturday morning as far east as the northwest Austin 'burbs.  I'm not convinced there will be any significant impacts.  Just as we saw earlier in the week, we can have light moisture move in along with freezing temps and make out alright.  If the moisture became heavier that might pose a problem, but for now, I'm expecting most areas through the critical period until temps are safely above freezing for everyone to result in only a few hundredths of an inch of precipitation.

WEEKEND WARMING
Morning temps near freezing Saturday could mean a light mix that turns over to light rain showers.  Temps will be slow to climb Saturday with highs only reaching upper 40s to low 50s along with scattered showers.  Sunday morning's temps will hardly drop off from Saturday's highs - then temps will soar into the 60s by Sunday afternoon - even with scattered showers.  More warmth - with highs in the 70s - will move in early next week.  As for rain, we'll keep scattered shower chances in through Wednesday.  There could even be a t-storm or two Tuesday and/or Wednesday!  Rain totals look fairly low - under 1/4" this weekend with another 1/4"-1/2" next week possible. 

ZILKER KITE FESTIVAL
On the bright side: temps will be nice & warm in the mid to upper 60s Sunday afternoon.    I have a 30% chance of showers - mainly on the light side.  Last year's event was cancelled due to weather.  We'll keep you updated on this year's event! 

STORM TRACKER FORECAST

Friday: 42  Cloudy with a very small chance of patchy drizzle.  (Hill Country bears watching for chances of flurries/freezing drizzle).  Rain Chance: 10%.  Winds: NNE 5-10.   *Morning Low: 30
Saturday:  49 Cloudy with showers possible.  Chance of freezing drizzle Hill Country/light mix NW Metro early AM.  Precip Chance: 30%.  *Morning Low: 34
Sunday:  69 Cloudy with scattered showers.  Rain Chance: 30%.  *Morning Low: 45
Monday: 71 Cloudy with a few showers.  Rain Chance: 40%.  *Morning Low: 53
Tuesday: 78 Cloudy with showers/isol'd t-storms possible, mainly in the morning.  Rain Chance: 30%.  *Morning Low: 58
Wednesday: 70 Mostly cloudy with scattered showers.  Rain chance: 40%.  *Morning Low: 39
Thursday: 52 Partly cloudy & breezy.  *Morning Low: 34

Stay warm!
-Chikage

KEYE-TV Chief Meteorologist Chikage Windler

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