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Another dose of winter? Austin area to expect snow, freezing rain

Published 10:28am Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Mower County is in for some precipitation over the next few days, but weather patterns are making meteorologists uncertain how much or even what kind of precipitation we’re in for.

The National Weather Service is calling for freezing rain in the Austin area Wednesday and a winter storm watch for Thursday night and Friday. Austin could get some rain and sleet before midnight, but that could turn into freezing rain depending on how low temperatures get.

“There’s a lot of uncertainty with this storm, because this time of year has varying temperatures,” said Todd Shea, NWS meteorologist. “It kind of complicates the precipitation.”

Temperatures could get as low as 32 Wednesday night, and as high as 38 on Thursday before falling as low as 29 Thursday night.

The storm appears to sideswipe the Austin area, but that could change. While the Austin area could get little to no snow accumulation over the next day or so, parts of Austin could get several inches of snow Thursday into Friday, depending on how the storm tracks.

“Our area is kind of on the dividing line, where you could get next to nothing on the southeast side of Austin to approaching 5 inches or more in the northwest part of town,” Shea said.

The storm is expected to drop more precipitation north of Interstate 90, but warm and cool air systems could push the storm off track. Shea said people should watch for weather reports over the next few days as the weather changes.

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