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December 31, 2017

by troyk | on Dec 31, 2017 | Comments Off

Austin / Travis County and South Central Texas Weather Update #2
Prepared by UT University/Incident Meteorologist Troy Kimmel
1011am CT – Sunday 31 December 2017

No major changes in my forecast thought for Austin and IH35 corridor area…

.. Arctic Outbreak to Ring in the New Year ..
.. Some Very Light Freezing Drizzle Possible Sunday Evening in Some Areas to Our West ..
.. A Prolonged Period of Near Freezing or Below Temperatures Sunday Night into Wednesday
with Hard Freezes Overnight Hours Monday Night and Tuesday Night ..

As this much colder air arrives, remember people, pets, pipes and plants…

On this New Years’ Eve morning.. as advertised.. much colder arctic air has settled southward deeper into
Texas. Temperatures across the IH35 corridor range from the mid 30s in Williamson County and northwestern
parts of Travis County to near 40 over the southern parts of the area. Some patchy light drizzle and light rain
has developed across the area.

Temperatures will settle to freezing or below by late afternoon into the evening.. but most the precipitation
should have ended over the IH35 corridor. I think that surfaces that are wet from the rain and drizzle will have
mostly had the chance to dry by the time the freezing temperatures arrive. In some isolated cases.. some
ice could develop on exposed bridges and overpasses mainly in areas to the west and southwest of our area
over the hill  country.

As clouds break late tonight into New Years Day, this incoming air mass will produce a prolonged period of
near to well below freezing temperatures for the first few days of the new year with highs only in the
30s and lows in the upper teens and 20s over central and south central Texas as clouds break. As a
result, I’ll remind you again to remember “people, pets, pipes and plants.”

Happy New Years, all…. tk