FORECAST: Warmer Friday and Saturday, but bank on a cold New Year’s Eve


Friday forecast for Austin: Enjoy two more days of nice weather before a cold front plunges into the area late Saturday night, bringing a massive new shot of frigid northern air just in time for New Year’s Eve.

However, meteorologists at the National Weather Service said their forecasts remained uncertain about the chance for freezing rain that could play havoc with New Year’s Eve celebrations on Sunday night. 

“The thing you can bank on is it’s going to be in the cold,” Trevor Boucher, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. “There is a non-zero chance for some freezing drizzle Sunday night into Monday morning.”

The uncertainty, he said, centers around just how much moisture will be in the atmosphere that could potentially become rain — or freezing rain. Right now, it’s not looking like there will be much.  

If there is freezing rain, he said: “it will be sporadic at best.”

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But in the lead-up to the arrival of the cold front and the potential complications for weekend revelry, the weather service says Austin will have a couple of relatively nice days in store. 

Highs on Friday are expected to hit into the low 50s beneath largely cloudy skies but could climb into the 60s on Saturday as the sun reemerges. 

The extended forecast:

  • Friday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 52 and a low around 45. 
  • Saturday: Partly sunny, with a high near 62. A slight chance for rain begins in the evening, lows should drop to around 43.
  • Sunday (New Year’s Eve): A 20 percent chance of rain with highs near 48 and a low of 26. The slim rain chances should end before midnight. 
  • New Year's Day: Partly sunny and windy, with a high near 33 and a low around 24. 
  • Tuesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 35 and a low around 24.
  • Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 49.

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