Hays County is hunkering down for a front of arctic air forecast to arrive just before daybreak on Tuesday preceded by thunderstorms and rainfall through the night.
Weather forecasters expect a strong arctic front to reach Central Texas between 6-7 a.m. Tuesday. Before the front arrives, rain showers and thunderstorms, with the potential for hail and strong straight-line winds, are expected across the Hill Country and the region through the night. Rain and scattered showers are anticipated Tuesday into early afternoon, but are not expected to portend a significant amount of ice.
“I expect the precipitation to stay all-rain as the precipitation should end before the temperature goes below freezing,” said Bob Rose, the chief meteorologist for the Lower Colorado River Authority. He said the cold front will be comprised of some of the coldest air in many years” to move this far south.
Weather conditions will turn very windy and much colder Tuesday, with north winds gusting to 40 miles per hour. The temperature will drop quickly from the 50s ahead of the arctic front to the low 30s.
Low temperatures on Wednesday are expected in the middle teens across the Hill Country, the upper teens across Central Texas and 20s in the coastal plains.
Forecasters predict a chance of snow flurries late Thursday into Friday in Central and South Texas as a low pressure system tracks out of Mexico into South Texas. Lows Friday include upper teens in the Hill Country, the low 20s in Central Texas and mid-20s toward the coast.
The area is expected to warm up during the weekend into the 40s and 50s Saturday and low 60s on Sunday.
Officials encourage residents to protect people, pets, pipes and plants as the coldest weather of the winter season is expected this week in Texas. Parents should refer to the school district website for information on school closures, officials said.
Protect outside pipes from freezing:
Protect pipes inside the house