Major Cold Front On the Way

FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE

Wind Advisory Issued for Monday Afternoon and Night

Area of Concern:

  • Strong Winds: All of South Central Texas
  • Low Wind Chills:  All of South Central Texas
  • Freezing Rain/Sleet Mix:  Hill Country and Edwards Plateau

Timing & Impacts:

  • Winds: North winds 25-30 mph across all of South Central Texas with gusts to around 40 mph in some areas Monday afternoon through Tuesday morning.
    • Unsecured, light-weight objects will be blown around
    • Small tree limbs could be blow down and a few power outages may result
    • Travel could be difficult for high profile vehicles on east-west oriented roads
  • Wind Chill: Teens across the Hill Country and 20s elsewhere Monday night through Tuesday morning.
    • Those exposed to a long duration of the low wind chills without proper clothing protection could suffer cold-related illnesses
  • Potential Ice Accumulations: Trace amounts to a couple of hundredths of an inch across portions of the Hill Country and Edwards Plateau. Primary window will be from 9PM Monday to 3AM Tuesday.
    • Very patchy, light icing possible on bridges and other elevated and exposed surfaces with minimal impacts anticipated

Overview:

A very strong cold front will move across the region on Monday afternoon bringing a blast of colder air to the region Monday night through Wednesday morning. The front is expected to arrive into the Hill Country Noon-2PM, into the I-35 corridor and Rio Grande between 2-4PM, and into the Coastal Plains after 4PM. Very gusty winds are forecast to develop behind the front Monday afternoon through Tuesday morning. The winds could pose issues for any outdoorVeterans Day activities planned later in the day on Monday. The winds will also combine with the cold temperatures to produce wind chill values in the teens and 20s Monday night through Tuesday morning.

Light rain is also forecast to develop behind the front Monday evening. There still remains a low chance across some areas of the Hill Country and Edwards Plateau for the light rain to change over to freezing rain on elevated surfaces and/or mix with sleet between 9PM Monday and 3AM Tuesday before precipitation ends. There is a slight chance sleet could mix in with the rain into some portions of the I-35 corridor, however ground and near surface temperatures across this region should allow for melting if any sleet were to occur. At this time icing impacts appear minimal and confined to the Hill Country and Edwards Plateau. 

Confidence:

  • Freezing Temperatures/Low Wind Chills:Moderate-High
  • Rain/Freezing Rain/Sleet Mix:Low

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