WEATHER UPDATE: Snow spotted in Llano County


4:40 p.m. update: Brief light snow was observed in Llano between 3 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. today, according to the National Weather Service. 

The weather radar shows that light snow is currently falling in the Fort Worth area.

Track the storm using the Statesman’s weather radar.

2 p.m. update: Austin Fire Department officials say weather conditions on Thursday “could cause elevated wildfire potential.”

The National Weather Service said temperatures at Camp Mabry have been dropping from a daytime high of 70 degrees at 1 p.m. to around 66 at 2 p.m. as a cold front was moving through the area.

The weather station at 2 p.m. measured wind speeds of about 30 mph.

Austin Fire officials reported via Twitter that “crews have seen an increase in fire activity over the last few days” and warned residents to be mindful of activities that might trigger a fire, such as tossing cigarette butts or dragging chains from vehicles.

Thursday forecast for Austin: Major changes are in store for Austin’s weather Thursday, as a cold front will turn a warm morning into a sunny but brisk and windy afternoon, the National Weather Service says.

Thursday’s is the first of three cold fronts that are expected to reach Austin within a week. Each will bring a reinforcing shot of chilly air, but none is expected to produce much in the way of rain, forecasters say.

Thursday will start off muggy and warm, and drizzle has left streets slick for the morning commute.

Temperatures will hit a high of about 70 degrees by noon before retreating as the cold front pushes through and brings clearer skies and wind gusts of up to 35 mph, forecasters say.

Following the cold front, temperatures across the Austin area will sink. Temperatures will only reach 50 degrees and dive below freezing on Friday, the weather service says.

That second cold front, which forecasters expect on Saturday, will push overnight lows down into the upper 20s.

Moist and warmer air from the Gulf of Mexico will slowly work its way back into Austin on Sunday and Monday – bringing a slim chance for showers – only to get pushed back to the south by a third cold front, expected late Monday and into Tuesday. 

The weather service says there is a small chance for storms as that third front passes through the area.  

Thursday: Soggy and foggy, turning sunny and blustery as the cold front passes. High around 70 and a low around 33. 

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 56 and a low around 30. 

Saturday: Sunny as the second cold front passes, with a high near 52 and a low around 27. 

Sunday: Sunny with increasing humidity. High near 52 degrees and a low around 36 degrees. 

Martin Luther King Day: Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of rain at night. High near 58 degrees and a low of around 37.

Tuesday: Rain chances persist as cold front passes. High of 47 degrees. 


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