FORECAST: Cloudy, temps in upper 30s but wind chill will make it feel colder


Wednesday forecast for Austin: Central Texas may not see a break in the clouds for a while, according to the National Weather Service. Gray skies and small chances of rain are in the forecast for the next several days.

Commuters on Wednesday should watch for drizzle and slight chance of morning rain – and possible patchy fog.

Forecasters say the cloudy day won’t see temperatures any warmer than 40 degrees, which is about 20 degrees cooler than the normal daytime high temperature for this time of year.

North winds of 10 to 15 mph will likely intensify the already biting cold weather, making temperatures in the upper 30s feel more like near-freezing.

The forecast for Thursday calls for continued cloudiness in Austin but relatively warmer temperatures with a daytime high near 48 degrees. At night, the weather service expects a low around 39.

The gray skies dominate the weather service’s extended outlook for the weekend, which also includes a small chance of rain. We’ll see if the rain develops enough to spoil New Year’s Eve plans.

Here are highlights from the extended forecast:

Friday: Mostly cloudy with a high near 54. More clouds at night with a low around 46.

Saturday: A 20 percent chance of rain after 7a.m. with a high near 58, which is closer to seasonable temperatures. Rain chances continue at night with mostly cloudy skies and a low around 43.

New Year’s Eve: A 20 percent chance of rain with a high near 51. North-northeast winds of 5 to 15 mph could include gusts as strong as 20 mph. At night, a 30 percent chance of rain could include the possibility of freezing rain and a low around 30.

New Year's Day: A 30 percent chance of rain or freezing rain with a high near 41. A 20 percent chance of rain at night with a low around 27.


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