Major cold front set to arrive early Thursday morning

May 1st, 2013 at 1:16 pm by under Weather

*A strong cold front has its sights set on central Texas, set to arrive early Thursday morning. The front will bring a slight risk of severe thunderstorms with large hail/damaging winds, along with record-cold temperatures for the end of the week.*

Front arrives

Wednesday afternoon will be our last warm and muggy one before major changes come to central Texas overnight tonight.

A powerful cold front bringing snow from the Rockies through the central Plains is racing southward through the Panhandle this afternoon. As the cold front approaches tonight, the Storm Prediction Center has placed most of central Texas – including the Austin area – in the “slight risk” zone for severe thunderstorms containing large hail and damaging winds. The main risk for these storms will be late Wednesday night through rush hour Thursday morning. Rain amounts are expected to stay under half an inch, except for isolated higher totals in strong thunderstorms.

The main story with this cold front is the record cold it will bring to the area. After highs Wednesday in the upper-80s, temperatures Thursday afternoon will likely fall through the 50s under cloudy skies with north winds of 30-40 miles per hour. A Wind Advisory may be issued for the area Thursday.

Cold

Friday and Saturday mornings, the First Warning Weather Center is forecasting record lows in Austin of 43 and 41 degrees respectively. The colder temperature on Saturday morning (due to lighter winds and clear skies) is forecast to come within 1 degree of the coldest May temperature Camp Mabry has ever seen.

Bright sunshine will dominate the skies this weekend as temperatures warm to near 80 by Sunday afternoon.

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