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.
Winter is invading Texas with a vengeance as snow, sleet and ice are unleashed on much of northern and western sections of the state.
The pastor of the Austin church attended by the teacher who was killed Thursday in Benghazi remembered him as a spiritual friend dedicated to improving the lives of others.
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Global civil rights icon Nelson Mandela, whose legacy is ending South African apartheid, has died.
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