Jim Spencer

Parts of Central Texas declared drought-free

January 29th, 2015 at 3:29 pm by under Weather
For one of only a handful of weeks over the last four-plus years, parts of the 
KXAN viewing area were declared drought free Thursday by the U.S. Drought Monitor.
In the graphic below, portions of Travis, Williamson, Milam, Lee, and Bastrop
counties are in areas now considered out of drought status. Meanwhile, parts
of the KXAN viewing area in the Hill Country remain in severe to extreme drought. 
Drought Monitor
DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AUSTIN/SAN ANTONIO TX
1135 AM CST THU JAN 29 2015

...DROUGHT CONDITIONS HAVE IMPROVED SLIGHTLY ACROSS THE EASTERN 
PORTIONS OF SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS...

SYNOPSIS...

JANUARY WAS PREDOMINANTLY CLOUDY AND COLD...ESPECIALLY THE FIRST
HALF OF THE MONTH. BY THE THIRD WEEK TEMPERATURES MODERATED. WE
SAW PRECIPITATION SCATTERED THROUGHOUT THE MONTH AND THIS PROVIDED
ABOVE AVERAGE PRECIPITATION FOR MOST LOCATIONS. THE ONE EXCEPTION
WAS ALONG THE RIO GRANDE WERE MONTHLY PRECIPITATION TOTALS WERE
SLIGHTLY BELOW AVERAGE. AFTER A WET PERIOD TO END JANUARY AND
START THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY...DRIER CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED FOR
EARLY FEBRUARY. TEMPERATURES THAT HAVE BEEN ABOVE AVERAGE WILL
FALL TO NEAR OR BELOW AVERAGE ONCE AGAIN. EVEN SNOW WAS REPORTED
ACROSS THE NORTHERN PORTIONS OF THE HILL COUNTRY WITH THE SYSTEM
THAT MOVED ACROSS THE REGION ON JANUARY 21ST-23RD. COLDER
TEMPERATURES AND RAINFALL HELPED TO REDUCE EVAPORATION RATES AND
WE CONTINUE TO SEE MINOR RUNOFF DURING RAINFALL EVENTS. LAKES AND
RESERVOIRS...HAVE SHOWN SOME SLIGHT INCREASES. SHORT TERM DROUGHT
CONDITIONS HAVE SHOWN IMPROVEMENTS WITH THE REMAINING IMPACTS
BEING WATER RESTRICTIONS AND A FEW COUNTY-WIDE BURN BANS. RANCHERS
ARE REPORTING STOCK TANKS REMAIN LOW DESPITE THE RAINFALL THIS
WINTER. LONG TERM DROUGHT IMPACTS CONTINUE SINCE WE HAVE BEEN IN A
MULTIPLE YEAR DROUGHT. RIVERS...LAKES...RESERVOIRS AND AQUIFERS
ARE VERY LOW AND WILL REMAIN THAT WAY UNLESS WE CONTINUE TO SEE
FREQUENT RAINFALL EVENTS.

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Join us at free Weatherfest this Sunday

January 27th, 2015 at 11:33 pm by under Weather

Join the KXAN First Warning Weather team this Sunday,

Feb. 1st at the Bullock Museum, from 12 pm to 3 pm.

Come meet Kaxan too!

Enjoy FREE exhibition admission all day during Free First Sundays, held the first Sunday of every month. Families can explore the Story of Texas through three floors of exhibitions that showcase artifacts from around the state. Special family programs from 12-3 p.m. combine art creation, presentations by partner organizations, and gallery activities.

 Event Summary- WEATHERFEST

12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Keep weather on your radar at this event co-presented by the Bullock Museum and Time Warner Cable News. Featuring hands-on science experiments by Girlstart, weather-related films and panel discussions, and family-friendly activities, this event is sure to blow you away. Plus, meet your favorite local meteorologist, and more!

Free Scheduled Programs

12:10 p.m. – 12:50 p.m.: Spring Forecast, El Nino Update, and Hazards of Texas Weather, Classrooms

1:30 p.m. – 2:20 p.m.: Ask-A-Meteorologist Panel Discussion, Classrooms

Teachers: to RSVP and receive CPE credit, email education@thestoryoftexas.com

Films*

Date Showtimes
Wild Texas Weather 1:00 p.m., 2:30 p.m.
Twister 2:30 p.m.

*Click a showtime to purchase tickets.

Drop-In Stations

Stop by and visit with these exhibitors offering hands-on activities, vital information, and more!
Time Warner Cable News KEYE and meteorologist Chikage Windler
Girlstart KXAN and meteorologist Jim Spencer
Advanced Radar Research Center, University of Oklahoma National Weather Service
Austin Fire Department Swift Water Rescue National Weather Center, Norman, OK
Austin Fire Department Wildfire Division School of Meteorology, University of Oklahoma 
Austin Astronomical Society Texas Division of Emergency Management
City of Austin Watershed Protection Texas Floodplain Management Association
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Lower Colorado River Authority

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SMAP will track a tiny cog that keeps cycles spinning

January 26th, 2015 at 8:18 pm by under Weather

Water evaporating from forest soil in the morning sun

Water evaporating from forest soil in the morning sun. Soil moisture links together the cycles of water, solar energy, and carbon in plants. Image credit: USDA

When you open the back of a fine watch, you see layer upon layer of spinning wheels linked by interlocking cogs, screws and wires. Some of the cogs are so tiny they’re barely visible. Size doesn’t matter — what’s important is that the cogs fit together well so the wheels keep turning smoothly.

For centuries, scientists have thought of the Earth system as a series of cycles or interlocking wheels like the ones in a watch. It’s a way to make sense of the movements of water and other essentials back and forth between the air and the land, ocean and soil or rock beneath them. In today’s changing climate, some cycles are spinning faster or beginning to wobble. There’s an urgent need to understand what is happening to the cogs that keep these cycles turning.

The minuscule fraction of Earth’s water lodged just beneath the land surface is a tiny cog that links the water cycle to two other fundamental Earth cycles: energy and carbon. “That linkage is what makes these three gears turn with a certain harmony,” said Dara Entekhabi of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge. Entekhabi is science team leader for NASA’s Soil Moisture Active Passive mission, scheduled to launch Jan. 29. Developed and managed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, SMAP will provide the most accurate information ever about this small but critical cog.

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January bird forecast

January 15th, 2015 at 11:28 pm by under Weather

What to watch for in January: Hungry feathered friends

Here’s the Central Texas bird forecast for the month, courtesy of Travis Audubon. Learn more about Central Texas birds and bird-related events for all ages at travisaudubon.org or by calling 512-300-BIRD. Travis Audubon is on Twitter and Facebook. Follow us on Twitter @TravisAudubon and give us a like at www.facebook.com/travisaudubon.

A little help for our friends

Now is a great time to feed the birds. A little extra fat and protein from seeds and suet will help your common winter birds get through the cold nights.

Suet is available in blocks at big hardware stores and bird-friendly businesses, such as Wild Birds Unlimited. If you have a problem with squirrels, look for red pepper suet, which they avoid. Suet will attract woodpeckers, wrens, blue jays and titmice, but other cool birds like wintering warblers have been known to take a bite.

Want to make your own suet? Check out this site for recipes and instructions: http://www.sialis.org/suet.htm. Find a PDF guide from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology about feeding birds in winter at http://bit.ly/1K2x01u.

Find more advice about nonseed snacks you can put out for your birds at http://www.allaboutbirds.org/Page.aspx?pid=1180.

Don’t forget the water, with a bird bath or even just a shallow dish or planter saucer on the ground.

Small but charming visitors

Carolina Chickadee photo by Dan Pancamo via Creative Commons

Carolina Chickadee photo by Dan Pancamo via Creative Commons

Black-crested Titmouse photo by Dan Pancamo via Creative Commons

Black-crested Titmouse photo by Dan Pancamo via Creative Commons

Who might visit your feeders this time of year? Some of our cutest birds: the Carolina Chickadee and the Black-crested Titmouse.

The chickadee is a small bird with a black-and-white head, gray body, and tiny beak. They have relatively large heads and short necks, which makes them appear rather spherical, even when they are not puffed up in cold weather. They love seeds and are quite acrobatic, grabbing seeds and zipping off to a nearby branch to eat.

They are often seen with another small but charming bird, the titmouse. These birds are somewhat larger but are equally energetic and acrobatic. They are mostly gray with a black crest and big black eyes and a dark beak.

Field Trips — Beginners welcome. Check the Travis Audubon website for details.

http://travisaudubon.org/get-outdoors/field-trips
 
Hornsby Bend Monthly Bird Walk
Saturday, January 17, 7:30 to 11 a.m.

Commons Ford Sparrow Chase with Ed Fair
Saturday, January 17, 7:30 a.m.

Two-hour Tuesday at Barkley Meadows led by Dan Callaway
Tuesday, January 20, 8 to 10 a.m.

Birding the Balcones Canyonlands/Water Quality Preserves-Part 5
Friday, January 23, 8 to 11 a.m.

Balcones Canyonlands NWR
Saturday, January 24, 7:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Super Tuesday Winter Birding at Mother Neff State Park led by Craig Rasmussen, Deb Wallace, and Lee Wallace
Tuesday, January 27, 6 a.m. to noon

Compiled by Travis Audubon volunteers Jane Tillman and Raeanne Martinez


Winter Weather Advisory Saturday night in Hill Country

January 10th, 2015 at 5:12 pm by under Weather

Rain chances continue tonight over most areas with western counties expected to see decreasing rain chances during the evening. Light freezing rain and sleet remains possible over the Hill Country tonight, but temperatures may begin to climb above freezing by late tonight. Additional light ice accumulations of a few hundredths of an inch are possible with total ice accumulations expected to remain near or below 1/10 inch. Elevated surfaces, bridges and overpasses will be especially slick and hazardous over the Hill Country. Expect near steady temperatures across most areas, with a few areas warming a few degrees by Sunday morning.
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URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AUSTIN/SAN ANTONIO TX
430 PM CST SAT JAN 10 2015

...WINTRY PRECIPITATION AND LIGHT ICE ACCUMULATIONS ARE STILL
POSSIBLE LATE THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING ACROSS THE HILL COUNTRY AND
SOUTHERN EDWARDS PLATEAU... (more...)

Winter Storm Warning issued; threat of icy roads will increase

January 9th, 2015 at 4:18 pm by under Weather

A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for the Hill Country and portions of the I-35 corridor until Saturday evening. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for some areas generally east of I-35 until Noon Saturday. Precipitation will increase tonight as temperatures drop below freezing across much of South-Central Texas, leading to freezing rain and sleet during the overnight hours. The area of greatest concern for ice accumulations will be across the Hill Country and along the Balcones Escarpment, or along and north of a Del Rio to Hondo to Selma to Pflugerville line, where between 1/10 and 1/4 of an inch of ice will be possible. An isolated pocket or two up to 1/2 of an inch will be possible across the Hill Country. Ice accumulations are expected on both elevated and non-elevated roadways and surfaces, leading to dangerous travel conditions. Across the advisory area, between a trace to 1/10 of an inch of ice is possible, mainly on elevated bridges and overpasses. Temperatures will rise above freezing in the advisory area around noon Saturday. But likely remain near the freezing mark across the Hill Country Saturday afternoon and evening. Chances for freezing rain and sleet could continue across the Hill Country during this time. Continue to closely monitor the forecast as minor changes could lead to additional impacts.
Click for latest Composite Reflectivity radar image from the Austin/San Antonio, TX radar and current weather warnings
URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE..
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AUSTIN/SAN ANTONIO TX
920 PM CST FRI JAN 9 2015

...SIGNIFICANT ICE ACCUMULATIONS ARE LIKELY OVER THE HILL COUNTRY
AND SOUTHERN EDWARDS PLATEAU TONIGHT INTO SATURDAY... (more...)

Winter storm system threatening Central Texas

January 8th, 2015 at 4:02 pm by under Weather

With a few viewer reports of light rain mixed with sleet already, it’s going to be increasingly important to stay on top of the weather situation through the weekend as an upper level winter storm system slowly tracks across Texas.


The potential for freezing rain and sleet begins this evening continuing through Friday morning. The area of concern is the northern part of South Central Texas after midnight tonight. Minor travel issues are possible across the Edwards Plateau and Hill Country and parts of the Interstate 35 including the Austin metro and northern part of Bexar County. Continue to closely monitor the forecast as minor changes could lead to additional impacts.
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Friday will begin with freezing rain/sleet potential mainly in the northern Hill Country resulting in light accumulations of ice on elevated surfaces. The freezing rain and sleet potential continues for much of the day on Friday with cold rain along and south of Highway 90. Travel impacts are possible across the Hill Country and parts of I-35 corridor. Some light accumulation is possible over some areas but especially over elevated surfaces such as bridges and overpasses.
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During the Friday night into Saturday morning period; expect freezing rain and sleet to spread across all of South Central Texas by Saturday morning. Icing on country roads will be possible with minor ice accumulations mainly over elevated surfaces such as bridges and overpasses. Continue to closely monitor the forecast for updated information on this winter weather event.
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Here’s more information from the National Weather Service:

HEADLINE

Chances for Frozen Precipitation late Tonight and early Friday…and again Friday Night/Saturday.

AREA OF CONCERN

  • Cold Arctic Air - All of South Central Texas.  Temperatures well below average are expected into the weekend.
  • Frozen Precipitation Late Tonight/Friday Morning into Friday Afternoon:  Mainly the northern and northeast sections of South Central Texas.  Best chances are (Along and north of Highway 71 including Austin and portions of I-35 corridor)
  • Frozen Precipitation Friday Night/Saturday:  All of South Central Texas including portions of the I-35 Corridor (Including Austin and San Antonio).

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Winter storm may arrive with the weekend

January 7th, 2015 at 3:44 pm by under Weather

With rain expected to be on going Friday temperatures during the early morning hours will drop
to freezing across the Hill Country. A few spots could see freezing rain with only minor impacts expected.
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We are forecasting some Freezing Rain and Sleet across much of South Central Texas Friday Night into Saturday morning. The graphic shows the current area that is forecast to see Freezing Rain or Sleet Saturday morning. With colder temperatures in the Hill Country these areas could see some icy roadways while the I-35 corridor may be impacted with icing on elevated surfaces. Check back for the latest forecast as the location of the freezing line and precipitation amounts will likely change.
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Another round of Freezing Rain is possible Sunday across the Hill Country. Impacts depends greatly on whether ice from Saturday was able to melt away or not. New accumulations of ice should be spotty and low amounts.
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Additional information from the National Weather Service:

HEADLINE

Chances for Frozen Precipitation for Friday Night/Saturday. Smaller Chances in the Hill Country also Fri and Sun mornings.

AREA OF CONCERN

  • Cold Arctic Air - All of South Central Texas. Temperatures well below average are expected all this week into the weekend.
  • Frozen Precipitation Friday Night/Saturday: Hill Country and portions of the I-35 Corridor (Including Austin and San Antonio). This area may change with later forecasts. See Graphic below. Far southern areas will likely receive a cold rain.
  • Frozen Precipitation Friday and Sunday Mornings: Mainly the Hill Country.
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Hard freeze forecast early Monday morning

January 4th, 2015 at 7:48 pm by under Weather

Mostly clear to partly cloudy skies will combine with winds falling to around 5 mph to allow temperatures to fall to possibly the coldest readings so far this season. Lows will range from the upper teens in parts of the Northern Hill Country to around freezing over the Rio Grande Plains and Coastal Prairies. Southern counties are under a freeze warning for tonight, as this may be the first freeze of the season for much of the area.
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SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AUSTIN/SAN ANTONIO TX
721 PM CST SUN JAN 4 2015

TXZ171>173-184>194-204>208-050600-
LLANO-BURNET-WILLIAMSON-EDWARDS-REAL-KERR-BANDERA-GILLESPIE-
KENDALL-BLANCO-HAYS-TRAVIS-BASTROP-LEE-MEDINA-BEXAR-COMAL-
GUADALUPE-CALDWELL-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...LLANO...BURNET...GEORGETOWN...
ROCKSPRINGS...LEAKEY...KERRVILLE...BANDERA...FREDERICKSBURG...
BOERNE...BLANCO...SAN MARCOS...AUSTIN...BASTROP...GIDDINGS...
HONDO...SAN ANTONIO...NEW BRAUNFELS...SEGUIN...LOCKHART
721 PM CST SUN JAN 4 2015

...A HARD FREEZE IS EXPECTED OVER SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS TONIGHT INTO
MONDAY MORNING...

COLD TEMPERATURES WILL SETTLE INTO SOUTH-CENTRAL TEXAS TONIGHT IN
THE WAKE OF THIS MORNINGS COLD FRONT. TEMPERATURES ARE EXPECTED TO
DROP BELOW FREEZING BY 9 PM ACROSS THE HILL COUNTRY...AND BETWEEN
11 PM AND 2 AM ELSEWHERE. TEMPERATURES ARE EXPECTED TO RISE BACK
ABOVE FREEZING ACROSS ALL AREAS BETWEEN 9 AM AND 11 AM MONDAY.

THIS WILL BE SOME OF THE COLDEST AIR SO FAR THIS WINTER SEASON WITH
OVERNIGHT LOW TEMPERATURES EXPECTED TO RANGE FROM THE UPPER TEENS
TO LOW 20S ACROSS THE HILL COUNTRY AND MID 20S ELSEWHERE. ANOTHER
STRONG COLD FRONT WILL MOVE THROUGH EARLY WEDNESDAY WITH ANOTHER
WIDESPREAD HARD FREEZE EXPECTED WEDNESDAY NIGHT INTO THURSDAY
MORNING.

RESIDENTS SHOULD TAKE PRECAUTIONS TO PROTECT PETS...PLANTS...AND
PIPES THAT MAY BE SENSITIVE TO THE COLD.

All area winter storm watches/advisories and additional information

December 30th, 2014 at 2:58 pm by under Weather

A Winter Storm Watch has been posted for the Hill Country. Freezing rain and a slight chance of sleet will lead to icy conditions on elevated surfaces, especially bridges and overpasses, New Years Eve Night into midday New Years Day.
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The following Winter Storm Watch pertains to Hill Country counties west of the Austin metro area:
URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AUSTIN/SAN ANTONIO TX
948 PM CST TUE DEC 30 2014

...FREEZING RAIN POSSIBLE ACROSS THE HILL COUNTRY LATE NEW YEARS
EVE INTO NEW YEARS DAY...

.A SHALLOW...COLD...ARCTIC AIRMASS WILL SETTLE INTO SOUTH-CENTRAL
TEXAS OVERNIGHT TONIGHT. WARM...MOIST AIR ABOVE THIS
AIRMASS...ALONG WITH AN UPPER LEVEL DISTURBANCE...WILL RESULT IN
FREEZING RAIN DEVELOPING ACROSS THE HILL COUNTRY LATE NEW YEARS
EVE INTO MIDDAY NEW YEARS DAY...ALONG AND NORTH OF A COMSTOCK TO
BOERNE TO BURNET LINE. ICE ACCUMULATIONS WILL AVERAGE A TRACE TO A
FIVE HUNDREDTHS OF AN INCH. HOWEVER...THERE MAY BE A BAND OF
SLIGHTLY HIGHER ACCUMULATION ACROSS THE FAR NORTHWESTERN HILL
COUNTRY DEPENDING IF HEAVIER BANDING SETS-UP.

LLANO-BURNET-VAL VERDE-EDWARDS-REAL-KERR-BANDERA-GILLESPIE-
KENDALL-BLANCO-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...LLANO...BURNET...DEL RIO...
ROCKSPRINGS...LEAKEY...KERRVILLE...BANDERA...FREDERICKSBURG...
BOERNE...BLANCO
948 PM CST TUE DEC 30 2014

...WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM WEDNESDAY EVENING
THROUGH THURSDAY MORNING...

* TIMING...WEDNESDAY NIGHT THROUGH MIDDAY THURSDAY (LATE NEW 
  YEARS EVE INTO NEW YEARS DAY) 

* MAIN IMPACT...FREEZING RAIN MAY ACCUMULATE ON MANY ELEVATED 
  SURFACES AND ROADWAYS...ESPECIALLY BRIDGES AND OVERPASSES 
  ACROSS THE HILL COUNTRY. 

* ICE ACCUMULATIONS WILL AVERAGE A TRACE TO FIVE HUNDREDTHS OF AN
  INCH. HOWEVER...THERE MAY BE A BAND OF SLIGHTLY HIGHER
  ACCUMULATION ACROSS THE FAR NORTHWESTERN HILL COUNTRY.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT
SNOW...SLEET...OR ICE ACCUMULATIONS THAT MAY IMPACT TRAVEL.
CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS.
Light freezing drizzle and/or light freezing rain is possible today for the highlighted areas. This may cause some slick spots on area roadways, especially bridges and overpasses. Accumulations are expected to be very light if they occur.
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It continues to look like a mix of freezing drizzle, freezing rain, and sleet may develop across West Central Texas. Initially precipitation amounts may be light through Wednesday, possibly increasing in coverage and amounts for New Year’s Eve night through New Years Day. However, it doesn’t take much accumulation for icy conditions to develop, especially on bridges/overpasses, and other elevated surfaces. Anyone with plans for travel or attending any New Year’s celebrations/activities are urged to continue to monitor later forecasts, on this developing winter weather event.
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The following Winter Weather Advisory pertains to Mason and San Saba counties in the KXAN viewing area:
URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAN ANGELO TX
917 PM CST TUE DEC 30 2014

...WINTER WEATHER THROUGH THURSDAY...

.FREEZING DRIZZLE...LIGHT FREEZING RAIN...OR SLEET WILL CONTINUE
SPREADING SOUTH TONIGHT. A SLIGHT LULL IS POSSIBLE WEDNESDAY
AFTERNOON WITH POTENTIALLY HEAVIER PRECIPITATION WEDNESDAY NIGHT
INTO THURSDAY MORNING... ESPECIALLY SOUTH OF THE INTERSTATE 20
CORRIDOR. LIGHT ICE ACCUMULATIONS IS POSSIBLE ON AREA
ROADWAYS...ESPECIALLY ON BRIDGES AND OVERPASSES...AS WELL AS POWER
LINES AND EXPOSED METAL SURFACES. HAZARDOUS TRAVEL CONDITIONS
HAVE DEVELOPED OR WILL DEVELOP THROUGH THURSDAY MORNING.

SCHLEICHER-SUTTON-BROWN-MCCULLOCH-SAN SABA-MENARD-KIMBLE-MASON-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...ELDORADO...SONORA...BROWNWOOD...BRADY...
SAN SABA...MENARD...JUNCTION...MASON
917 PM CST TUE DEC 30 2014

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT
TONIGHT TO NOON CST THURSDAY...

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT
TO NOON CST THURSDAY.

INITIALLY LIGHT PRECIPITATION THROUGH WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON WILL
EVOLVE INTO A HEAVIER PRECIPITATION EVENT WEDNESDAY NIGHT AND
THURSDAY MORNING. MORE SIGNIFICANT ICE ACCUMULATIONS ARE
ANTICIPATED NEW YEARS EVE AND EARLY NEW YEARS DAY. IF THIS
HEAVIER PRECIPITATION DOES DEVELOP...THIS AREA MAY NEED TO BE
UPGRADED TO A WINTER STORM WARNING.

* IMPACTS: VERY LIGHT ICE ACCUMULATIONS ON AREA
  ROADWAYS...BRIDGES AND OVERPASSES...EXPOSED METAL SURFACES...AND
  POWER LINES

* TIMING: TONIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY

* ACCUMULATIONS: ONE TENTH OF AN INCH THROUGH THURSDAY

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW...SLEET...OR
FREEZING RAIN WILL CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR
SLIPPERY ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES AND USE CAUTION WHILE
DRIVING.

Areas of light freezing rain/freezing drizzle will will develop late tonight primarily along and west of a Jacksboro to Granbury to Lampasas line. Total ice accumulations of up to one-tenth of an inch will be possible in some locations. As a result, a Freezing Rain Advisory has been posted for areas in the shaded purple region on the map. The Freezing Rain Advisory is in effect from midnight tonight through Thursday afternoon. Individuals that must travel across the areas highlighted should exercise caution as travel is expected to become difficult.

Moisture will continue to increase over a very cold airmass that will be in place across North Texas later today and tonight. Some areas of drizzle are expected to develop late tonight in areas where temperatures will fall into the 20s. This may lead to some areas of freezing drizzle accompanied by some sleet late tonight into early Wednesday morning. Areas generally west of a Jacksboro to Mineral Wells to Lampasas line will have the best chance for some wintry precipitation. At this time…it appears that any wintry precipitation will remain light…although with temperatures in the 20s…even light sleet or freezing drizzle could lead to some very slick spots particularly on elevated roads and bridges.

Precipitation chances will increase late Wednesday night into early New Year’s Day with temperatures still remaining below freezing generally west of Interstate 35. Some light freezing rain or sleet will be possible during this time in the purple shaded areas. Farther east…temperatures will be warm enough for the precipitation to remain all rain.

Graphical images of weather forecasts can be difficult to interpret at times because weather can vary greatly over short distances. We use probability to describe how likely something is to occur in a specific area. In the image above…there is a large area shaded in purple to show the area where some freezing drizzle or sleet may occur. All areas in this purple shading have at least some threat for wintry weather…but the probability of it occurring in any particular area is low late tonight and early Wednesday. The probabilities increase New Year’s Eve into early New Year’s Day. The bottom line is…if you live in North Texas…you should monitor the weather forecast over the next 24 hours as there is at least some potential for wintry weather and possible travel problems.
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THE FOLLOWING ADVISORY PERTAINS TO LAMPASAS COUNTY IN THE KXAN VIEWING AREA:

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORT WORTH TX
954 PM CST TUE DEC 30 2014

...FREEZING RAIN ADVISORY MIDNIGHT TUESDAY THROUGH THURSDAY
AFTERNOON...

.FREEZING DRIZZLE IS EXPECTED TO DEVELOP OVERNIGHT WEST OF A LINE
FROM LAMPASAS TO GRANBURY TO BOWIE. ACCUMULATIONS OF A FEW
HUNDREDTHS ARE EXPECTED. ON THURSDAY MORNING FREEZING RAIN IS
EXPECTED TO DEVELOP AND SPREAD NORTHEAST TO AREAS WEST OF A LINE
FROM LAMPASAS TO WEATHERFORD TO MONTAGUE. ICE ACCUMULATIONS UP TO
A TENTH OF AN INCH ARE POSSIBLE. TEMPERATURES WARM THURSDAY
BEGINNING IN THE SOUTHWEST AND THE ICE THREAT ENDS IN THE NORTH
THURSDAY AFTERNOON.

MONTAGUE-YOUNG-JACK-WISE-STEPHENS-PALO PINTO-PARKER-EASTLAND-
ERATH-HOOD-SOMERVELL-COMANCHE-MILLS-HAMILTON-BOSQUE-LAMPASAS-
CORYELL-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...BOWIE...NOCONA...GRAHAM...OLNEY...
JACKSBORO...DECATUR...BRIDGEPORT...BRECKENRIDGE...MINERAL WELLS...
WEATHERFORD...BRIAR...CISCO...EASTLAND...RANGER...GORMAN...
STEPHENVILLE...DUBLIN...GRANBURY...OAK TRAIL SHORES...GLEN ROSE...
COMANCHE...DE LEON...GOLDTHWAITE...HAMILTON...HICO...CLIFTON...
MERIDIAN...VALLEY MILLS...LAMPASAS...COPPERAS COVE...GATESVILLE
954 PM CST TUE DEC 30 2014

...FREEZING RAIN ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 3 PM CST
THURSDAY...

* TIMING...BEGINNING MIDNIGHT TONIGHT LASTING THROUGH MID
  AFTERNOON THURSDAY WEST OF A LINE FROM LAMPASAS TO WEATHERFORD
  TO MONTAGUE.

* ICE ACCUMULATIONS...UP TO A FEW HUNDREDTHS OF AN INCH ARE 
  EXPECTED WEDNESDAY...AND UP TO AROUND A TENTH OF AN INCH 
  THURSDAY CENTERED NEAR A LINE FROM PALO PINTO TO COMANCHE. 

* OTHER IMPACTS...OVERPASSES...BRIDGES...AND ELEVATED SURFACES 
  WILL BE THE FIRST TO ACCUMULATE. ROADS WILL BECOME SLIPPERY AS 
  WELL AND TRAVEL WILL BECOME DIFFICULT. 

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A FREEZING RAIN ADVISORY MEANS THAT PERIODS OF FREEZING RAIN OR
FREEZING DRIZZLE WILL CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. SLOW DOWN AND
USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING. BRIDGES AND OVERPASSES WILL BE THE
FIRST PLACES THAT ICY SPOTS WILL DEVELOP.