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Winter storm warning in effect for Central Texas

(Christa McWhirter/Austonia)

A winter storm warning is now in effect for Central Texas until midnight on Friday, according to the National Weather Service.


The NWS warns that up to a 1/4 inch of freezing rain could accumulate on elevated surfaces, causing possible slick spots on roads in Travis, Kendall and Blanco counties. The evening commute could be impacted, and NWS recommends to take extra precautions if travel is necessary. Power outages could occur.

The service also issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook, which states that freezing rain on bridges and overpasses could impact travel. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for Travis, Kendall, Blanco and Hays Counties until 3 p.m., and will be in effect until midnight for Williamson, Edwards, Kerr, Gillespie, Llano and Burnet counties.

Saturday and Sunday could see a hard freeze spread across Central Texas, while Monday and Tuesday morning will be "bitterly cold," according to the report. More freezing rain is possible on Saturday, and sleet or snow is expected on Sunday night and Monday morning.


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