Gusty Winds, Fire Danger, Hill Country Snow on the Way

FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE:


UPDATES: 

Not much has changed in regards to the forecast and we  have included the email from yesterday below. We have updated the  graphics to reflect small changes in the details and have attached them  to this email. There is a dense fog advisory in effect for portions of  the area until 10 AM. See the graphic for more information. 


Headline:

Wind Advisory in effect for all of South Central Texas today and this evening.Red Flag Warning for critical fire  weather conditions in effect for portions of the Rio Grande Plains,  western Hill Country, and Winter Garden Regions today and this Evening.   Elevated fire weather conditions expected elsewhere.Rain/Snow mix possible across the northern Hill Country tonight (primarily Llano and Burnet counties).

Area of Concern:

Gusty Winds: All of South-Central Texas, but the highest winds will be along the I-35 corridor west to the Rio Grande

Critical Fire Weather: Val Verde, Kinney, Uvalde, Maverick, Zavala, Frio, and Dimmit county. 

Possible Snow Accumulations: Llano and Burnet counties

Threats & Impacts:

Wind (See attached graphic):  Sustained winds of 25-35 mph with gusts of 40 to 50 mph are expected.  Loose lawn decorations and trash cans will be blown around and small  limbs could break. A Wind Advisory is in effect for the entire region on  Thursday and Thursday evening.

Fire Weather (See attached graphic) Critical  fire weather conditions will support rapid fire growth for any fires  that develop across the Rio Grande Plains, western Hill Country, and  Winter Garden regions. Elevated fire weather conditions elsewhere. 

Winter Weather (See attached graphic):   Trace to 1 inch of snow accumulation possible on mainly grassy and  elevated surface in Llano and Burnet counties. A rain/snow mix could  also occur across portions of Kerr, Gillespie, Blanco, western Travis,  and western and northern Williamson counties with little to no  accumulation expected.

Timing and Overview:

A strong upper level system will bring strong  winds to all of South Central Texas behind a cold front this morning.  Wind gusts between 40 and 50 mph will be possible. Despite recent  rainfall, grasses are cured for the winter, and the combination of these  wind speeds and marginally low relative humidity will support an  elevated to critical fire weather danger today. 

In addition, precipitation tonight could mix with or change over to snow across the northern Hill Country. The  greatest chances for snow will be across Burnet and Llano Counties,  where up to 1" of snow accumulation is possible on grassy and elevated  surfaces.

Confidence:

Wind: High 

Fire Weather: Moderate to High

Winter Weather: Low to Moderate 

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