Strongest cold front since February to bring record cold next week
We are only a month into the Fall season, but by next week, Texas could see a record-setting Winter chill with our strongest cold front since February slated to arrive on Sunday night.
A strong low pressure system will be diving south out of Canada this weekend, bringing with it a potent batch of Arctic air. Unlike the last few cold fronts that have approached Texas, this one will have enough speed to move all the way through the state. Exact timing on the front is still a bit uncertain, but most computer models are bringing the front through on Sunday night with record setting cold expected on Monday and Tuesday.
Computer models also continue to trend colder showing highs in the upper 40s and low 50s on Monday and Tuesday in and around Austin. If that does indeed happen, that would be record-smashing; The lowest high temperature ever recorded in Austin on Monday is 66 degrees (1970), and 61 degrees (1912) on Tuesday. Winds behind the front will be pushing 30 MPH at times which could push wind chill temperatures into the 30s at times.
The chilly air is going to be reinforced by rain chances which are looking likely for Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. Some of that rain could be heavy at times, and after the heavy rain we have received over the last month and a half, there could be some flooding concerns. Widespread 1-3" of rain is possible with some isolated amounts pushing 5" in Central Texas. Before you ask... No, there won't be any snow in or around Austin, but some flurries will be possible in the Northern Panhandle of Texas.
Bottom line: Have the heavy coat and the umbrella ready. Temperatures may be stuck in the low 50s on Monday and Tuesday with wind chill values in the upper 30s to low 40s. Showers and thunderstorms will make for a few soggy days in Central Texas with some flooding possible. Head over to our weather page for more details and daily updates on the forecast.