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Winter storm: Freezing rain, sleet bringing a quarter-inch of ice Thursday

Andrew Mason scrapes ice off car earlier this month in a storm that brought icy conditions. (Austonia)

Just hours away, the winter storm that has many stockpiling resources at grocery stores is almost in Austin.


A wave of thunderstorms this evening will transition into the storm overnight, bringing freezing rain and 30-degree weather, according to the National Weather Service. A Winter Storm Warning has shifted from 3 a.m. to midnight for Thursday, lasting until 9 p.m.

By 10 a.m. expect a wintry mix of rain, freezing rain and sleet outside. By noon, temperatures will drop to 28 degrees. Precipitation will last most of the day with ice accumulation amounting up to a quarter of an inch.

Friday, temperatures will rise just above freezing to 36 degrees and partly sunny skies will clear out the rainy weather. By Saturday, sunny skies will warm Austin to a high of 42 but expect cold nights in the 20s lasting all weekend long.

While this storm isn't shaping up to what Winter Storm Uri brought a year ago, local officials are urging Texans to be prepared and stay off roads. View helpful tips to prepare for the storm here.

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