FORECAST: Texas Hill Country could see freezing rain, possible snow early Wednesday


5:30 p.m. update: Parts of the Texas Hill Country could see freezing rain, and even possible snow, early Wednesday.

There is a chance of freezing rain in areas such as San Saba from midnight to 5 a.m., according to the National Weather Service.

This kind of weather is not expected in Austin, where temperatures are not expected to fall lower than 37 degrees Wednesday. However, rain will likely continue to fall on Austin through tonight and tomorrow.

Earlier: Tuesday forecast for Austin: Patchy fog and light drizzle has made some of roadways slick in Austin, but Central Texas is also likely to see a significant amount of rain in the afternoon, the National Weather Service says.

Morning commuters traveling on wet roads should slow down and use low-beam headlights in fog, forecasters say.

Temperatures at Austin’s weather station at Camp Mabry had reached 49 degrees as of 6 a.m. but were not expected to get much warmer. The forecast calls for temperatures to top out around 51.

Rain chances for Tuesday are as high as 60 percent for the day and into the night. Forecasters said they expect rainfall amounts of up to a quarter of an inch, but isolated storms could produce more rain.

More rain is likely in the evening as overnight temperatures could sink to as low as 38 degrees. Austin could again see up to a quarter-inch of rain with higher amounts in isolated thunderstorms.

The extended weather service forecast for the rest of the work week includes more rain on Wednesday with a bit of sunshine on Thursday before a dreary, overcast and possibly soggy weekend.

Wednesday: 60 percent chance of rain with a high near 45 and north winds at 15 mph. Mostly cloudy at night with a low around 37.

Thursday: Partly sunny with a high near 58 as north winds become easterly in the afternoon. Mostly cloudy ay night with a low around 44. Warmer south winds will replace the east winds after midnight, forecasters say.

Friday: 20 percent chance of rain with a high near 65. Rain chances increase to 40 percent at night but temperatures will stay above 52 as balmy south-southeast winds from the Gulf prevail.

Saturday: 40 percent chance of rain with a high near 67. South-southeast winds become east-northeast in the afternoon. A 30 percent chance of rain at night with a low around 42.

Sunday: 30 percent chance of rain with a high near 54. Mostly cloudy at night with a low around 41.


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