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Cold snap, wintry mix expected in first week of February

Monday was met with rain and dropping temperatures. (Laura Figi/Austonia)

Austinites woke up to a rainy morning, which called for a flood watch to go into effect from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. in Travis, Williamson, Hays, Bastrop, Caldwell, Fayette and Lee counties.

After a weekend of sunshine and warmer temperatures, the storm system kicking off the week is expected to last through a cold front on Wednesday and Thursday, which will give Austinites a renewed wintry mix.

Rain is expected to last all through today, capping out at around 2.5-3.5 inches. The heaviest rain should be out of the way by this evening and the highest flood danger will be east of I-35.

After a final temperate day on Tuesday, a cold snap is scheduled to hit on Wednesday, dropping from a balmy 71 degrees to a chilly 35 in the evening hours. Cold temps and rain early on Thursday morning will create possible conditions for a wintry mix in the form of freezing rain or sleet.

Thursday’s high of 40 degrees and low of 23 degrees is expected to stick—freezes are forecast overnight on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

According to the National Weather Service, these temperatures are not expected to cause a repeat of February 2021’s storm.


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