A strong cold snap is expected to blow into Central Texas on Tuesday, bringing near-freezing temperatures to the area over the next two days, according to the National Weather Service.
Temperatures on Monday plummeted into the upper teens in some northern parts of the country as a Canadian cold front slid its way down to Texas. Forecasters expected the front to reach Austin by 8 a.m. Tuesday, bringing with it dry, gusty winds and unseasonably cold temperatures. After the front pushes through, temperatures should stay in the mid-50s and then drop into the 40s by sunset and 30s by midnight, the service said.
“There will be no precipitation with this front,” said forecaster Pat McDonald. “The high temperature for Tuesday will occur just before the front.” Since the front will settle in after school starts, McDonald suggests that parents equip their children with jackets in the morning.
By Wednesday morning, temperatures will be in the mid-30s to near 40 in the Austin area while the Hill Country could drop to near freezing or just below, the service said. During the day Wednesday, the temperatures should climb into the 50s with mostly sunny skies but will nosedive overnight Wednesday when a larger area will see freezing temperatures, the service said. The most susceptible areas will be the Hill Country and east of Interstate 35.
McDonald said to be mindful of people, pets, pipes and plants that might be affected by the snap.
As hundreds of people in Southeast Austin are still recovering from the Oct. 31 floods, the Red Cross will put an additional shelter on standby for those seeking relief from cold weather. If the shelter at Dove Springs Recreation Center, 5801 Ainez Drive, fills to capacity, a second shelter at Parker Lane United Methodist Church, 2105 Parker Lane, will open.
The recreation center’s shelter reaches capacity at about 50 people, Red Cross spokeswoman Bristel Bowen said. Thirty-eight people stayed at the shelter overnight Saturday.
Temperatures should start warming Thursday when southerly winds return and mild weather — highs in the 70s and lows in the 50s — are expected by the weekend, the service said.
Shelter from the cold
The Red Cross will put an additional shelter on standby for those seeking relief from cold weather as hundreds are still recovering from flooding in Southeast Austin.
If the shelter at Dove Springs Recreation Center, 5801 Ainez Drive, fills to capacity, a second shelter at Parker Lane United Methodist Church, 2105 Parker Lane, will open.