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Overnight temps hit -20

Published 8:15am Friday, January 21, 2011

If there was ever a time for Austinites to prove their will to live, it was last night.

The Austin area experienced lows of -20 degrees overnight, according to the National Weather Service (NWS). On top of that, wind chill values dropped to -35 degrees.

The good news?

“The worst of it is over,” said NWS Meteorologist Brad Adams. “Winds will be light today, so we will creep back up and get above zero sometime this afternoon.”

The forecast for today calls for temperatures as high as 3 degrees, with a low of 2 degrees. While the subzero temperatures may be out of the picture, snow is not. There is a 30 percent chance of snow after 3 p.m., according to the NWS.

Tonight there is a continued chance of snow, with overnight wind chill values of -9 degrees.

The snow could continue to fly Saturday, with flurries predicted before noon. The high for Saturday is set at 7 degrees, with overnight lows of -5 degrees and wind chill values of -15 degrees.

Sunday will see cloudy skies and a high near 9 degrees.


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