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Overcast
Friday-
AM Showers/Wind
53
38
20%
53
38
AM Showers/Wind
Precipitation20%
Wind18mph NW
Humidity63%
UVLow
Saturday-
Sunny
65
39
0%
65
39
Sunny
Precipitation0%
Wind7mph NW
Humidity35%
UVModerate
Sunday-
Mostly Sunny
68
46
0%
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46
Mostly Sunny
Precipitation0%
Wind1mph SSW
Humidity47%
UVModerate
Monday-
Partly Cloudy
67
49
0%
67
49
Partly Cloudy
Precipitation0%
Wind1mph NW
Humidity53%
UVLow
Tuesday-
Mostly Cloudy
66
50
20%
66
50
Mostly Cloudy
Precipitation20%
Wind4mph S
Humidity62%
UVModerate
Wednesday-
Mostly Cloudy
66
47
20%
66
47
Mostly Cloudy
Precipitation20%
Wind3mph WNW
Humidity68%
UVModerate
Thursday-
Partly Cloudy
68
48
0%
68
48
Partly Cloudy
Precipitation0%
Wind7mph NNW
Humidity52%
UVModerate
RIGHT NOW
Precipitation20%
Wind16mph NW
Humidity71%
UVLow
Visibility10 miles
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Friday, December 14th, 2018

WEATHER ALERT FOR WIND UNTIL FRIDAY MORNING – WIND ADVISORY FOR MILAM COUNTY

WEATHER ALERT FOR SNOW UNTIL FRIDAY MORNING – MASON COUNTY WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY


WIND

The potent area of low pressure spinning across the Lone Star state brought gusts over 40 mph to the Austin area. Wind Advisories will remain up until 6am for most of the CBS Austin area, noon for Milam County. Northwest winds sustained 15-30 with gusts 40-50 will be possible.

List of peak gusts from the National Weather Service: https://mesonet.agron.iastate.edu/wx/afos/p.php?pil=PNSEWX&e=201812132244

There have been reports of holiday decorations, patio furniture and trees damaged by the wind. Trash bins and any other loose objects could also be blown around. These winds can also make driving difficult and possibly cause power outages.

Winds will not be as strong on Friday, with sustained 15-25 mph winds and gusts up to 40 mph. That said, it will still be windy. By Saturday morning, winds drop to 10-15 mph and by Saturday night, 5-10 mph.

The strong winds combined with low humidity and lots of dry vegetation and brush = elevated fire danger for our area points south to the RGV.

Wind chills in the morning may fall into the mid to upper 20s in the Hill Country and low 30s for the Austin area. Kids at the bus stop will need those extra layers! Even into the afternoon, though temps should nudge into the low 50s, it will feel like 40s.


RAIN/SNOW CLEARS OUT

We're beginning the day with isolated showers including some light snow in portions of the Hill Country. So far, there have been NO reports of snowfall accumulation, but it isn't out of the question, especially in Mason county. Ground temperatures are still very warm, so I don't expect any impact to roadways. Any accumulation will be on grassy areas, cars, etc. That said, take it slow on bridges and overpasses as they are always the first to freeze.

Moisture will clear out through the day, but we'll hang on to a good deal of cloud cover. Mostly cloudy as highs "warm" to the low 50s. Our gusty winds will make those 50s feel much colder.


AIR QUALITY FORECAST

Friday’s Air Quality: CODE GREEN - GOOD. Check the Air Quality anytime here: https://airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=airnow.local_city&cityid=229


EL NINO WATCH CONTINUES

NOAA is predicting a 90% chance of El Nino for winter 2018-19 and 60% into spring 2019. We are under an El Nino Watch.

http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/analysis_monitoring/enso_advisory/ensodisc.pdf

The winter outlook released October 18th calls for WARMER than normal temps here in Central Texas and WETTER than normal precipitation.

https://www.noaa.gov/media-release/winter-outlook-favors-warmer-temperatures-for-much-of-us

http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/analysis_monitoring/enso_advisory/ensodisc.pdf

Worth noting: for Central Texas, El Nino winters are typically colder and wetter than normal. Stay tuned!

https://www.climate.gov/news-features/featured-images/how-el-ni%C3%B1o-and-la-ni%C3%B1a-affect-winter-jet-stream-and-us-climate

The seasonal outlook for December-January-February was released November 15th and calls for near normal temps and above normal precipitation for our area: http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/predictions/long_range/seasonal.php?lead=1

The shorter-term Climate Prediction Center outlook for Dec 19-23 is above normal for temps and above normal for precip. For Dec 21-27, it’s near normal for temps and above normal for precip. For December 22nd through Jan 4th, the outlook is for above normal temps and below normal precip.


ALLERGY REPORT – CEDAR IS HERE!

Thursday’s count: Mold 1224 - mod. Cedar 232 – mod. Red Berry Juniper 47 - low. Get the latest allergy report from Allergy & Asthma & Associates here: https://twitter.com/atxpollen and here: http://cbsaustin.com/weather/cbs-austin-allergens. Allergens are updated Monday through Friday, except on holidays.


LAKE LEVELS

As of Thursday afternoon, Lake Travis was 101% full and Lake Buchanan 95% full, with combined storage of 98%. Check the levels here: http://hydromet.lcra.org/riverreport


UV INDEX

The UV Index forecast for Thursday afternoon is 2 (low). You can find the UV Index here: https://www.epa.gov/sunsafety/uv-index-1


FIRE FORECAST

Burn Ban for Mason County. Elevated fire danger, especially with the windy conditions.

Statewide Burn Bans: http://tfsfrp.tamu.edu/wildfires/DecBan.png

Fire Danger Forecast: http://twc.tamu.edu/tfd


DROUGHT UPDATE

We continue to be drought free. Our next Drought Monitor will be released Thursday, December 20th. http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/CurrentMap/StateDroughtMonitor.aspx?TX\


STORM TRACKER FORECAST

FRI: 53 | WINDY. Any light precip moves out before or around sunrise. Cloudy start, clearing skies late | Winds: NW 15-25, gusts to 40 possible

SAT: 65 | Sunny | Winds: NW 10-15 early, 5-10 late | Morning Low: 38

SUN: 68 | Sun & high clouds | Winds: W/S 5 | Morning Low: 39

MON: 67 | Partly cloudy | Winds: W/S 5 | Morning Low: 46

TUE: 66 | Partly to mostly cloudy, slim shower or drizzle chance late | Rain Chance: 10% | Winds: SW/SE 5-10 | Morning Low: 49

WED: 66 | Mostly cloudy with scattered showers possible | Rain Chance: 30% | Winds: S 5 | Morning Low: 50

THU: 68 | Early clouds and a spot shower, then decreasing clouds. | Rain Chance: 10% early | Wind: NW/N 5-15 | Morning Low: 47


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Nicole Hartford

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