AUSTIN (KXAN) - Get ready for your winter wake-up call.
A strong cold front blasted through Central Texas on Thursday morning and blew away those warm December days the region has enjoyed.
The contrast will be apparent. At 3 p.m. Wednesday, the temperature at Camp Mabry reached 83 degrees, 84 at ABIA. Both shattered previous Dec. 19 records of 80 degrees.
Temperatures have plummeted at least 25 degrees. The front carried winds 20- to 30 mph from the north-northeast. Some gusts to 40 mph. Winds will remain strong, 15-30 mph, with higher gusts Thursday.
Due to the dry, windy conditions, a Wind Advisory and Red Flag Warning have been issued for most of the KXAN viewing area.
We've already seen how wind-whipped fires can get out of control. Firefighters kept busy early Thursday morning with several fires, one massive one at an apartment complex that spurred evacuations.
Due to the holiday season, everybody should make sure that seasonal decorations are secure.
Sub-freezing temperatures and an approaching upper level disturbance could combine to produce some patchy freezing drizzle or sleet Saturday and early Sunday morning.
Investigators are still trying to figure out who murdered an Austin teacher in Benghazi on Thursday.
Back in June, Governor Rick Perry signed a new law officially letting teachers and students use greetings such as "Merry Christmas" or "Happy Hannukah" in school, all without getting in any trouble.
The Round Rock-based computer giant, Dell Inc., is offering some workers voluntary buyouts as it seeks to trim costs and boost productivity.
The Austin Humane Society reopened to the public Friday after closing its doors for six weeks.
Sub-freezing temperatures will continue across much of Central Texas all day Saturday. A second disturbance associated with the winter storm that slammed Texas Thursday and Friday could lead to more freezing precipitation Saturday and …