Freeze Warning Expected in Austin as Temperatures Drop Below Freezing Tonight

Freeze Warning Expected in Austin as Temperatures Drop Below Freezing TonightSource: National Weather Service
Natalie Petrovich
Published on December 10, 2023

A winter chill has firmly settled over Austin, with weather officials predicting sub-freezing temperatures swooping into the region tonight into early Monday morning. According to the National Weather Service Austin/San Antonio TX, a Special Weather Statement has been issued as thermometers are expected to display readings in the range of 28-32 degrees. A freeze warning will most likely be enacted for parts of south-central Texas, though not all areas are slated to encounter these freezing conditions.

In the wake of Saturday's cold front that saw wind gusts topping out at 25 to 32 mph, tranquil but colder weather has taken hold. The National Weather Service detailed today's sunny forecast, with highs near 60 and blustery north-northwest winds, calming by nighttime with a low around 34 degrees. The clear skies and diminishing winds will likely contribute to the plummeting overnight temperatures.

Meanwhile, local station KXAN reported that these conditions mark the first instance this month where temperatures have stooped below normal. Winds are anticipated to soften this afternoon, which could give residents some respite from the biting cold that has gripped the area. However, the station emphasizes that the dry air and gentle south winds will warm things slightly on Monday, lifting temperatures back into the lower 60s.

Residents should prepare for not just a cold snap but also the possibility of rainfall and thunderstorms coming later in the week. Forecasts indicate a 30 percent chance of showers by Wednesday, climbing to a 60 percent chance of precipitation, including possible thunderstorms, by Friday. The prevailing east-northeast wind is set to persist throughout the week, bringing gusts as high as 20 mph, which could only intensify the already brisk temperatures.

Austin's weather takes a turn for the unpredictable at times, and this week serves as a reminder of winter's lingering breath. Although hazardous weather isn't predicted beyond the immediate freeze, the town should brace itself, for the clear and sunny skies are but a brief interlude in what appears to be an orchestration of cooler, dreary days ahead.