5 things to know about the snow in Wednesday’s Central Texas forecast


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Forecasters expect rain and chilly temperatures in the 30s around the region Wednesday.

The rain and the cold snap should cease by Thursday, with temperatures rising into the 60s by the weekend.

Snow is in Wednesday’s forecast for Central Texas, the National Weather Service says. But before we get too excited, here are five things to keep in mind about the wintry weather:

1. The snow won’t stick: Temperatures are expected to drop into the upper 30s in Austin, and they will plunge into near-freezing range in the Hill Country. Precipitation on Wednesday night and Thursday morning could include a few snowflakes, but it won’t be cold enough for the snow to accumulate very much, the weather service says.

2. Just the Hill Country: Forecasters say snow chances will be limited to areas west of the Interstate 35 corridor, such as Burnet, Llano, Gillespie and Blanco counties.

3. Rain for the rest: Temperatures in the urban areas along I-35 are expected to linger around 40 degrees for most of Wednesday with light rain throughout the day. Up to an inch of rain is possible, the weather service says.

4. Drive safely: With wet weather looming, the Texas Department of Public Safety recommends allowing extra travel time to account for hazardous conditions, driving more slowly and keeping more distance from the vehicle in front of you.

5. Warmer weekend: Rain should subside by Thursday night as temperatures in Austin will start climbing, reaching the 60s by Saturday, forecasters say.

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