AUSTIN (KXAN) - It has been a dramatic contrast--an unusually lengthy, cold early December Arctic air intrusion, followed by a rapid return to unseasonably warm weather.
Fortunately, the pleasant weather has returned in time to make life easier for holiday shoppers hurriedly buying gifts before Christmas next Wednesday.
While temperatures are forecast to remain well above normal--in the 70s--through Saturday, a cold front will follow by early Sunday, bringing back a touch of winter right on schedule, with Saturday being the first day of the new season.
The colder air will blow in behind a storm system that is forecast to bring a slight chance of showers to Central Texas Friday, but a 70 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms Saturday.
Clearing skies and highs only in the 50s are forecast Sunday through Christmas Eve, with morning low temperatures returning to freezing in some areas Monday morning, and across much of the area Tuesday morning.
Temperatures will begin moderating Christmas Day as southerly winds return, warming readings back to normal, in the low 60s.
Someone intentionally set the fire at a South Austin storage facility that broke out early Thursday morning, according to Austin Fire Department officials.
Fredericksburg police negotiated the end to a standoff late Wednesday night after exchanging gunfire with a man inside a gas station.
Hundreds of families lost everything during the Halloween floods in Central Texas. One organization is reaching out to the public to seek sponsors for these families as they try and rebuild their lives.
A 15-year-old student at Stony Point High School is in juvenile custody after another student claimed he threatened him with a gun last week.
People who live in the Del Valle neighborhood hit hard by the flooding say they are emotionally drained. Now, they say tow truck drivers may be taking advantage of their hard luck.
The all-new Mac Pro, assembled in Austin, will be available to order starting Thursday.