ALL / Austin, Travis County and South Central Texas Weather Update #7
Prepared by UT University/Incident Response Meteorologist Troy Kimmel
330pm CT – Friday / 12 February 2021
… A WINTER STORM WARNING.. THE HIGHEST WINTER RISK WARNING AVAILABLE TO THE NWS.. HAS JUST BEEN ISSUED FOR ALL OF SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS.. INCLUDING THE AUSTIN METRO AREA AND THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS FROM 6AM TOMORROW (SATURDAY) UNTIL 12 NOON MONDAY …
… Extended Significant Winter Storm Expected over the Weekend into Next Week …
… Bitterly Cold Temperatures on the Way …
First My Observations/Thoughts…
A series of upper level low pressure storm systems will traverse our area west-to-east
over the coming days; as each one passes, additional arctic cold air will be dislodged from
the plains and allowed to drop into Texas. As each disturbance approaches and moves
by. we’ll see wintry precipitation move overhead with additional ice and/or snow
accumulations likely. There are three periods I’m watching.. (1) tomorrow (Saturday) into
tomorrow night.. (2) Sunday Afternoon, Sunday Night into Midday Monday which is expected
to have the greatest impact.. and (3) Next Wednesday into Wednesday night. In addition to
the wintry weather, between Sunday Afternoon through next Tuesday, bitterly cold
temperatures will persist resulting in a DANGEROUS risk to pets/livestock/animals.. pipes..
plants/vegetation as well as to people – ESPECIALLY DANGEROUS for the homeless population of
Austin and Travis County. Low temperatures could reach the single digits to lower teens in the
outlying and low lying areas
I’m continuing to monitor..
Austin By Day Forecast..
Will be updated shortly..
HERE IS THE NWS AUSTIN-SAN ANTONIO WINTER STORM WARNING TEXT..
URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE National Weather Service Austin/San Antonio TX 320 PM CST Fri Feb 12 2021 TXZ171>173-183>194-206-208-131200- /O.NEW.KEWX.WS.W.0003.210213T1200Z-210215T1800Z/ Llano-Burnet-Williamson-Val Verde-Edwards-Real-Kerr-Bandera- Gillespie-Kendall-Blanco-Hays-Travis-Bastrop-Lee-Comal-Caldwell- Including the cities of Llano, Burnet, Georgetown, Del Rio, Rocksprings, Leakey, Kerrville, Bandera, Fredericksburg, Boerne, Blanco, San Marcos, Austin, Bastrop, Giddings, New Braunfels, and Lockhart 320 PM CST Fri Feb 12 2021 ...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM SATURDAY TO NOON CST MONDAY... * WHAT...Light icing accumulations will be possible Saturday and any icing on already frozen surfaces will quickly become problematic. A more robust system will arrive Sunday afternoon and Sunday night and bring total snow accumulations of 1 to 3 inches and ice accumulations of around one tenth of an inch. * WHERE...North of a Del Rio to New Braunfels to Giddings line. * WHEN...From 6 AM Saturday to noon CST Monday. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS...In addition to the wintry precipitation temperatures will drop into the single digits and teens Sunday night with wind chills near zero. These values can lead to hypothermia for anyone stranded within the icy roads expected. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency. The latest road conditions for the state can be obtained at drivetexas.org.