AUSTIN (KXAN) — The cold front we have been tracking for the past few days now is marching through Central Texas this afternoon. Behind it, temperatures are already in the 40s for the Hill Country. Ahead of it, though, southeast winds have helped temperatures warm to the 70s and 80s! Take a look at the 1:30 pm temperatures.
You will want to bundle up and grab your umbrella our Tuesday morning commute. Temperatures will be into the upper 30s for the Hill Country, with low 40s for the rest of Central Texas with rain showers possible. No wintry precipitation is expected at all during this event.
A cutoff low pressure system sitting near El Paso will supply moisture from the Pacific Ocean and lift over this shallow cold airmass to produce 48+ hours of light to moderate rain locally. Rainfall amounts look to be highest for the Hill Country. However, everyone looks to pick up on some rain in the gauges over the next couple days on the order from around 0.25″ to near 1.00″.
Some Hill Country communities may dip as cold as the middle 30s the next two nights, but no freezing temperatures nor ice/snow are currently expected in our viewing area. Winter Storm Warnings are in effect in West Texas however, so travel to that area is discouraged through Wednesday.
This system will move out of the area by Thursday, bringing sunshine and milder temperatures back to Central Texas just in time for Halloween weekend.
Tropical Storm Zeta formed in the Caribbean early Saturday morning, becoming our 27th named storm of the season. It is expected to move north/northwest into the Gulf of Mexico through early next week while further strengthening. Zeta is likely to become a hurricane before weakening on approach to the northern Gulf Coast later this week.
Atlantic hurricane season 2020 been record-setting in several categories.
- Second time in history we’ve exhausted all 21 listed names, resulting in having to use the Greek alphabet for further storm development
- More than 17 named storms have set early-formation records
- Record 10 landfalling storms in the U.S.
- Hurricane Delta the strongest-ever Greek-named storm with 145 mph peak winds, and the first hurricane with a Greek name to make landfall in the U.S.