Rain, cold temperatures to continue late Wednesday, early Thursday


8:30 p.m. update: Austinites should expect showers to continue late Wednesday into early Thursday.

The Austin metro area received some reports of sleet in western Travis County around 6:30 p.m. and from West Austin and Florence around 8:30 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.

With temperatures hovering in the upper 30s and low 40s, no travel problems are anticipated, the weather service said.

The chance for rain in Austin will remain at 70 percent until 2 a.m. Thursday, at which point, the potential for precipitation will begin to drop.

However, there still will be a 50 percent chance of rain until 5 a.m.

Once the sun rises, Thursday will continue to be cold, but it is expected to be drier, with temperatures in the 40s and 50s during the day and in the 30s at night. There will only be a 20 percent chance for rain.

Earlier: Wednesday forecast for Austin: After Tuesday’s temperature plunge, Wednesday promises to be even colder and certainly wetter, the National Weather Service says. 

Temperatures are expected to peak in the 40s as steady showers fall across Austin, with upwards of 2 inches of rainfall expected. Temperatures overnight are expected to drop into the 30s — potentially cold enough for the precipitation to become a rain-snow mix in the Hill Country. 

Thursday’s weather will largely be a repeat, with a 40 percent chance for rain during the day and temperatures reaching 50 degrees. The weather service says the showers should taper off Thursday evening, making way for a sunny and warmer Friday. 

Conditions will continue to improve throughout the weekend, bringing milder weather Saturday and Sunday that includes sunshine with highs reaching back into the upper 60s. 

The extended weather service forecast:

  • Wednesday: Breezy and rainy all day with a high of 43 degrees and low of 37.
  • Thursday: Rain chances continue during the day as highs reach about 50 degrees and lows drop down to 33.
  • Friday: Sunny and warmer, with a high of 57 and a low of 37.
  • Saturday: More sun and more warmth, as highs return to the mid-60s. Lows remain in the mid-30s.
  • Sunday: Sunny with a high of 67 degrees and a low around 40. 
  • Monday: Mostly sunny with a high near 70; partly cloudy at night as temperatures sink to 44.

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