Arctic blast due to usher in the New Year

The local area is expected to be at or below freezing as 2018 arrives. GRAPHIC COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE

Weather authorities are warning Central Texans of an upcoming four consecutive hard freezes, beginning tonight.

According to the National Weather Service, temperatures will be dropping all day today for an overnight low of 27 and north winds with gusts of up to 25 mph.

Light drizzle that could be freezing is possible, longtime weatherman Troy Kimmel said. “The question remains whether or not the drizzle will hang around long enough for the temperatures to fall below freezing and the answer is maybe, but mostly in areas over the Texas Hill Country to our west and not so much for the Interstate 35 corridor counties and eastward,” he said, adding that it’s not a guarantee.

Kimmel said the chance of precipitation “at any given location around the area is about 20 percent so the best way to describe this event is as a “very low probability event with high potential impacts” in the areas where it develops.”

He said potential impacts could be slick spots on bridges and overpasses.

“Even if you freezing precipitation occurs, this incoming mass will produce a prolonged period of near to well below freezing temperatures for the first few days of the new year with highs only in the 30s and lows in the upper teens and 20s over Central and South Texas as clouds break.”

Temperatures are expected to rebound into daytime highs in the 50s by the end of the week.

Residents are advised to protect pets, plants and pipes. The city has advice at For the latest forecast, visit

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