Our long-awaited overnight cold front is finally moving to central Texas, but it will encounter a very warm and humid air mass, creating a persistent risk of severe thunderstorms until sunrise. A widespread WATCH for severe thunderstorms is in effect until 8 a.m., as the conditions for strong to severe thunderstorms are favorable, mainly with a risk of strong gusts of wind. Mills and San Saba Counties have been trimmed by the guard as storms have already swept through those counties. Expect the constant watch to pull the trimmed through your county shortly after storms. So far, the thunderstorm line has “behaved” and only produces gusts of wind of 40 to almost 50 MPH, heavy rain and frequent lightning. If the storms move east, they will likely at least maintain their intensity, reaching the I-35 corridor between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m. and then crossing the interstate and between Limestone, Freestone, Falls, Milam, Robertson, and Leon Counties meet 5 a.m. and 7 a.m. Storms should clear the I-35 corridor by 7 a.m. (and more likely Waco, Temple, and Killeen by 6 a.m.), with the entire storm system clearing the area by 9 a.m. Since storms will move in when many of us are asleep, download our FREE KWTX weather app today and turn on severe weather warnings.
The weather behind the front on Wednesday will change FAST after the front leaves the area. Once the rain stops, expect the sun to return quickly as significantly drier air flows in behind it. A wind warning is in effect on Wednesday afternoon and will likely be extended to at least Thursday. The wind blows between 20 and 30 MPH most of the day on Wednesday, especially in the afternoon. Temperatures should drop into the 60s just past the morning front on Wednesday and will likely only rise into the low to mid 70s thanks to the stiff winds and cooler air. The winds pick up on Thursday and can blow between 30 and 40 mph in the afternoon. The northwest winds keep the cooler, drier air flowing through the area, but the strong winds should keep the Thursday morning lows in the mid-50s. High Thursday gets cooler in the low 70s. The wind remains strong, between 20-30 mph, Friday and highs should get stuck in the low 70s again. After the wind subsides on Friday night, overnight lows will fall into the mid to top 40s for a couple of mornings, but the highs will slide back into the mid to mid 70s on Saturday and Sunday with plenty of sunshine. It’s going to be a phenomenal weekend! Changes are pending next week and we could see another round of mid-week showers.
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