A Winter Storm Warning has been issued for Austin from 9 a.m. Monday through noon Wednesday. Here’s a detailed breakdown of the timing and implications.
Austin, Texas – *A winter storm warning has been issued for the Hill Country, along with Travis and Williamson counties, from 9 a.m. Monday to 12 noon Wednesday. A Winter Weather Advisory is now in effect for Hays, Caldwell, Bastrop and Lee counties.*
We have a very wintery week ahead of us here in Central Texas. This will include a large drop in temperature and the possibility of some freezing rain and icing problems. We’ve got a busy forecast ahead of us, so let’s dive in play-by-play.
After Sunday afternoon, temperatures will drop into the mid-30s to low 40s by Monday morning, and temperatures will continue to drop throughout the day in many areas.
Scattered light showers will be possible throughout the day on Monday, but it should be mainly your run-of-the-mill showers with temperatures just above freezing.
However, by the time the sun sets Monday evening, rain will continue in the Hill Country with temperatures dropping to or below freezing along much of the Hill Country and along parts of the Interstate 35 route.
Through Tuesday morning, we should keep a close eye on the possibility of icing on roads across the Hill Country, especially on bridges and elevated surfaces.
And as another round of widespread precipitation moves in, temperatures will drop further into Tuesday night.
We’ll continue to watch these possibilities throughout the day on Wednesday, then by Thursday morning the last of the precipitation will leave and the risk for wintry problems will end.
We have several rounds to watch for possible freezing rain and drizzle. In each, icing problems are more likely across the hill country. However, even the Austin metro and the I-35 corridor will need to keep a close eye on things, especially with Wednesday’s moving circuit.
For now, icing concerns for the metro appear to be light, meaning some thin spots on bridges and overpasses are possible, but not necessary.
For the highlands, models continue to point to the possibility of some significant ice, where travel could be significantly affected and occasional power outages due to downed power lines.
The KVUE Weather Team will continue to closely monitor this developing forecast and will have frequent updates.
Meanwhile, the extended forecast can be found below: