AUSTIN (KXAN) — Two cold fronts in the 7-day forecast, one trending much stronger than the other.

Our Friday starts with scattered clouds and mild temperatures with only a few isolated pockets of mist/drizzle. More sunshine is expected this afternoon with unseasonably warm (80s) and humid conditions stretched areawide.

Rain chances increase late Saturday into early Sunday as our first cold front approaches from the north. Showers and a few thunderstorms are possible Saturday night and Sunday morning, especially along and east of I-35. Rainfall totals will generally be light (less than 0.25″) with lesser amounts in the Hill Country and only a lucky few +0.5″ in the eastern counties.

First of two cold fronts moves in Saturday night bringing a chance of storms/showers late Saturday into Sunday

Temperatures are expected to remain warmer than normal through the weekend, but our second cold front will bring a quick end to the recent December warmth by middle of next week.

A strong upper level storm system will drop out of the Pacific Northwest towards the Four Corners region Saturday through Monday. Although most of the better lift and forcing will go north of us, this storm will drag a strong cold front through our area on Tuesday. Rain and thunderstorms are becoming more likely Tuesday afternoon and evening, with cooler weather filling in Wednesday and beyond.

Strong upper-level storm system swings a cold front through our area on Tuesday

Behind that system’s cold front, Thursday morning may bring low temperatures in the 30s, including a rural freeze in parts of our area. An extended period of jacket weather is expected that may last through Christmas weekend.

8-14 day temperature outlook (NOAA Climate Prediction Center)
8-14 day temperature outlook (NOAA Climate Prediction Center)

Central Texas’ Cedar season has begun

The first cedar of the season showed up under the microscope this week. The cedar counts will start trending up from December to January. Allergy sufferers, beware!

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