The winter chill is still lingering in central Texas for a while

It was a beautiful but chilly Saturday across central Texas. Temperatures warmed up to the low to mid 50s this afternoon. That’s about 15° below what we should be getting at this time of year. We have had some locations in our western/northwestern areas that were around freezing on Saturday morning but widespread freezing will set in this evening through Sunday morning. So get ready, we’re going to have a very cold night!

A FROST WARNING applies to most of central Texas on Sunday from 12:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. for Bell, Coryell, Falls, Freestone, Hill, Lampasas, Leon, Limestone, McLennan, Milam, Navarro and Robertson counties. The warning applies to temperatures falling in the high 20s to low 30s (27° to 33°).

You may notice that there are some counties in our view that are missing from today’s alert. Bosque, Hamilton, Mills and San Saba are not included. That’s because temperatures dropped to near freezing on Saturday morning. These areas were under a freeze warning at the time, but once your temperatures drop to or below freezing you no longer need a warning if freezing temperatures return.

Make sure you protect these Ps, these are your pipes, plants, pets and of course people! Wrap up warm if you are outside in these cold temperatures. The last time we saw temperatures around 32° was on March 24, 2022, that’s 233 days ago!

On Sunday mornings will be cold and afternoon will remain chilly. After freezing temperatures we should warm up for the afternoon in the low to mid 50’s. We should see an increase in cloud and easterly winds returning throughout the day, a sign of some moisture moving back into central Texas. Overall the weather is very calm for the rest of the weekend.

You need to find your umbrellas as we head into the new work week. The chance of rain increases Monday morning through mid-afternoon as a cold front and upper air disturbances swing over Texas. The probability and total of rain appears to be highest for the eastern half of the area. The rain looks set to end from west to east in the afternoon or evening. Totals with this system appear to be about 0.10″ to 0.25″ for areas west of I-35 and 0.25″ to 0.75″ for areas east. With rain, clouds and blowing northeast winds, Monday will be very cool! Temperatures will struggle to warm up past the 40’s in the afternoon! Luckily, it looks like any winter precipitation will stay in our north with this storm system.

It’s cold front time! We are watching more fronts moving into central Texas throughout the week. Temperatures for the coming week are expected to remain around 15 to 20 degrees below our normal for this time of year. Highs in the low to mid 50s are possible any day next week. We should be in the upper 60’s by mid-November. Low temperatures appear to remain cold into the 30s for the coming week as well.

Regarding the rain on these fronts, our forecast models do not agree well on when/if it will rain again in the coming week. Chances of rain may return with a front on Thursday and are possible again over the weekend. Further details will follow in the next few days.

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