AUSTIN (KXAN) — Many are still dealing with power outages from the ice. Here is what Austin-Travis County EMS Paramedics suggest to stay warm:
- Put on layers of thick clothing and blankets
- Keep everyone in one small room and close the doors
- Pull curtains/blinds shut
Dense fog has settled into Central Texas. A DENSE FOG ADVISORY will be in effect until 10:00 Saturday morning.
We hope the power returns for everyone today. Thankfully, the area will find warmer temperatures this afternoon and tomorrow afternoon. Highs Saturday will be below normal (65°) as maximums climb to the upper 50s to low 60s.
Sunday will be even warmer with daytime readings peaking in the upper 60s to low 70s.
Official ice accumulation numbers from the National Weather Service verify the Winter Storm Warning’s prediction of up to .75″ of ice. The period of reliable record for ice accumulation is very short (around six years), so we can not definitively say that this was our worst ice storm since a certain date. However, this event brought more sheer ice accumulation than the 2007 ice storm (as opposed to a mix of ice, sleet and snow). Based on the memories of both our meteorologists and those at the National Weather Service, this may have been Austin’s most significant ice storm on record.
Some areas not included on the list above are Lost Creek (0.47″ ice), Hutto (0.41″ ice), Taylor, Manor, Wimberley, Driftwood and Jollyville (0.38″ ice), Fredericksburg (0.31″ ice), and Georgetown (0.25″ ice).
It will be a pretty quiet weekend. This morning’s clouds and fog will yield to a blend of sun and clouds mid- to late-afternoon. Still more sunshine will allow for that warmup forecast for tomorrow.
Monday’s outlook is for a blend of clouds and sun. It will be the warmest day coming up as highs peak in the lower half of the 70s.
First Warning: Flash Flood risk next week
Rain is back overnight Monday to Tuesday morning. An upper-level low will move from the Four Corners Monday to west Texas Tuesday afternoon. It will partner with a cold front to enhance the chances of rain/isolated thunderstorms in the afternoon.
It will travel to the northeast keeping rain and isolated thunderstorms Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. Rain will begin end from west to east during the morning to early afternoon Wednesday.
The GFS (American) model suggests that many rain totals from I-35 eastward could top out at an inch or greater. The Weather Prediction Center has much of the area under a flash flood threat from Tuesday into Wednesday morning.
That first cold front will leave strong north to northwest winds Tuesday night to Wednesday. However, the cooling will be modest.
A second cold front will arrive Friday morning. It comes across with no rain but does leave a very strong north wind.
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