Strong cold front brings big chill, fire danger

March 24th, 2013 at 10:14 am by under Weather

A powerful cold front that swept through central Texas during the overnight hours dropped temperatures drastically by sunrise Sunday.

Along with temperatures falling into the 30s in the Hill Country this morning, the cold front is packing strong, brisk northerly winds behind it. The National Weather Service has issued a WIND ADVISORY in effect until noon Sunday for north winds gusting to 40 MPH. Winds will slowly subside Sunday afternoon.

As soil remains dry across the area, strong winds and low relative humidity have also prompted the National Weather Service to issue a RED FLAG WARNING in effect until Sunday evening.

3-24 red flag

URGENT - FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AUSTIN/SAN ANTONIO TX
653 AM CDT SUN MAR 24 2013

...A RED FLAG WARNING IS IN EFFECT ACROSS ALL OF SOUTH CENTRAL
TEXAS FOR VERY WINDY AND DRY CONDITIONS FROM 9 AM THIS MORNING
UNTIL 6 PM THIS EVENING...

.A STRONG COLD FRONT HAS PUSHED THROUGH SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS EARLY
THIS MORNING...BRINGING STRONG AND GUSTY NORTHWEST TO NORTH WINDS
ALONG WITH MUCH DRIER AIR TO THE REGION. 20-FOOT WINDS WILL BE
NORTHWEST TO NORTH AT 20 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 40 MPH. MINIMUM
RELATIVE HUMIDITIES WILL FALL TO 10 TO 20 PERCENT. 20-FOOT WINDS
WILL GRADUALLY DECREASE DURING THE EARLY EVENING HOURS...HOWEVER
RELATIVE HUMIDITIES WILL BE SLOW TO RISE.

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