Freezing rain possible for parts of Central Texas; Winter Storm Watch issued


A Winter Storm Watch has been issued for parts of the KVUE area from noon Monday through noon Wednesday. Freezing rain could cause icy travel.

AUSTIN, Texas — *A Winter Storm Watch has been issued for the Hill Country along with Travis and Williamson counties from 12 p.m. Monday until 12 p.m. Wednesday.*

A very winter-like week is ahead of us here in Central Texas. This will include a big drop in temperatures and also the chance for some freezing rain and icing issues. We have a busy forecast, so let’s dive into the play-by-play.

Behind Sunday afternoon’s cold front, temperatures will drop into the mid-30s to low 40s by Monday morning, and for many areas these temperatures will continue to drop through the day.

Scattered light showers will also develop through the day on Monday, but with temperatures still just above freezing this should be mainly just your run-of-the-mill rain. 

However, once the sun goes down on Monday evening, temperatures will drop to or below freezing for much of the Hill Country and parts of the Interstate 35 corridor .This will sync up with another round of precipitation, and this is when the likelihood of freezing rain for the Hill Country ramps up. 

Through Tuesday morning, we’ll have to keep a close eye on the potential for icing on roadways across the Hill Country, especially the bridges and elevated surfaces. 

Temperatures drop further Tuesday night into Wednesday as another round of more widespread precipitation moves in. By Wednesday morning, there could be widespread freezing rain for many areas along and west of the I-35 corridor. 

We’ll continue to watch this potential through the day on Wednesday, and then by Thursday morning the last of the precipitation will move out and the risk for wintry issues will end. 

We have several rounds of possible freezing rain and drizzle to monitor. With each, the highest likelihood of icing issues will be across the Hill Country. However, even in the Austin metro and I-35 corridor we’ll need to keep an eye on things closely, especially with the round that moves in on Wednesday. 

As of now, icing concerns for the metro appear to be light, meaning some slick spots on bridges and overpasses will be possible, but not necessarily widespread. 

For the Hill Country, models continue to hint at the possibility of some more significant icing where travel could be more substantially impacted and sporadic power outages may even be possible due to fallen power lines.

The KVUE Weather Team will continue to closely monitor this developing forecast and will have frequent updates. 

In the meantime, the extended forecast can be found below:

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