A strong cold front will bring an abrupt end to spring warm temperatures this evening.
AUSTIN, Texas – Take advantage of the beautiful weather in the Austin area on Friday afternoon as big changes are on the way.
Friday afternoon temperatures will climb into the upper 70s for most areas under sunny skies. A few 80 degree readings cannot be ruled out in the Hill Country. That’s nearly 20 degrees above average.
The evening hours will also be pleasant, with temperatures gradually slipping into the 60s. Dine al fresco with a cold drink as the big changes are coming Friday night!
Timing and impacts of the cold front
The cold front will move through the Hill Country between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Friday.
At midnight, the cold front will move into the Interstate 35 corridor, including Austin.
And by 2 a.m. Saturday, the cold front will have crossed all of central Texas. Behind the cold front, you can expect falling temperatures and gusty winds. Temperatures will drop into the 30s and below 40s for your Saturday morning. High temperatures will remain in the 40s and 50s on Saturday afternoon.
Keep in mind that with the strong winds, wind chills will be in the 20s and 30s on Saturday morning. It feels like the 30s and 40s on Saturday afternoon. Stay bundled up or stay indoors if you can.
The biggest impact on Saturday behind the cold front will be strong winds. Winds will be sustained at 25 to 35 mph. Gusts will reach 50 mph on Saturday afternoon. Be sure to secure garden furniture and the trash can.
A wind advisory has been issued for all of central Texas. This comes into effect at midnight.
Strong winds combined with low relative humidity will create a slight increase in fire danger for all of central Texas. To the west of our zone there are red flag warnings and fire weather watches.
Widespread frost is forecast Sunday morning for central Texas, so bring the animals indoors. Temperatures will fall into the 20s for the Hill Country with temperatures below 30 possible for the I-35 corridor and the Coastal Plains. Winds will ease a little but be gusty enough to drop the wind chill into the 10s for the Hill Country and the 20s elsewhere in central Texas.
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The KVUE Weather Team will continue to closely monitor this developing forecast.
In the meantime, the extended forecast can be found below: