Central Texas is awakening to frigid temperatures Wednesday morning that promise to dip even lower overnight to near-freezing, with rain in the forecast through Thursday, according to the National Weather Service.
At 7:15 a.m. Wednesday, temperature gauges at the Giddings-Lee County Airport measured 40 degrees, some of the coldest weather the region has seen so far this year. Highs are only expected to reach 41 on Wednesday, forecasters said.
Meteorologists put rain chances for Bastrop County at 90 percent all day, so expect a slick morning and evening commute. The weather service predicts about an inch and a half of rain is possible and portions of the Hill Country around Kerrville could even see snow.
Chances for showers will decrease to about 40 percent on Thursday with slighter warmer temperatures reaching a high around 48, forecasters said. North winds measuring 5 to 15 mph will continue to drop temperatures into the evening, however, to 33 or near-freezing Thursday night, the service said.
The cold snap will continue until Saturday, when temperatures in the mid-60s will finally return to Central Texas, along with mostly sunny skies, forecasters said.