AUSTIN (KXAN) - Temperatures have been below normal for a week, and aren't expected to return to average levels until early next week.
The warmer weather we are forecasting during the early and middle part of next week may be short-lived, as a bitterly cold Arctic air mass will plunge southward into Texas by late Thursday, according to computer models.
In uncanny timing, the frigid air is forecast to reach Central Texas nearly two weeks to the day after our latest cold wave began, which was also almost exactly two weeks after the pre-Thanksgiving Arctic air invasion.
While it is far from certain, a winter storm system may also accompany this wave of sub-freezing air. Weather models aren't known for accuracy 8-9 days in advance, but there is some indication freezing rain and snow could follow the cold front during the weekend before Christmas, mainly over the northern 1/2 of Texas.
Since many Central Texans will be traveling the weekend of Dec. 21-22, it will be important that they keep up with the weather forecast details as the situation unfolds.
In the meantime, unseasonably cool weather will continue for another couple of days, along with a chance of light rain Friday. An upper level disturbance will result in the development of patchy light rain showers Friday, but sunshine and slightly warmer conditions are expected over the weekend.
Nice weather is forecast Monday through Wednesday, with high temperatures returning to normal for the first time in nearly two weeks. Highs in the middle 60s are expected Monday through Wednesday.
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