AUSTIN (KXAN) — A quick rebound in temperatures is expected today ahead of yet another cold front sneaking in tonight.

Despite the chilly start, today will feature beautiful February weather with afternoon highs in the low 70s under a bright blue sky. Winds will be out of the southwest gusting 10-20 mph most of the day, but a cold front arriving this evening will bring a quick and fierce north wind overnight into Friday.

Gorgeous weather Thursday afternoon
Howling north winds Friday

Increasing clouds and gusty north winds will be the trend on Friday. Expect north winds to reach speeds of 10-20 mph, gusting to 30 mph. Afternoon highs will be limited to the 50s, below normal for this time of year.

Another Storm Next Week

The next Pacific storm system heads here early next week with rain chances beginning Monday and peaking early Tuesday morning. Forecast models have trended down with potential rain totals, but there is still time for things to change. Be sure to stay with the KXAN First Warning Weather team for updates.

Ice storm final accumulation totals

Official ice accumulation numbers from the National Weather Service verify the Winter Storm Warning’s original prediction of up to 0.75″ 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.

Ice accumulation this week, at 0.69" in Austin
Ice accumulation this week

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
  • Georgetown — 0.25″ ice

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