NWS: Snow is on the way

Published 8:40 am Thursday, November 11, 2010

Austinites could this weekend see their first measurable snowfalll of the season, according to the National Weather Service.

While rainfall is expected throughout the day Friday, dropping temperatures could transform the precipitation into snow, likely between midnight and 1 a.m. Saturday morning, according to the NWS forecast.

That snowfall is expected to amount to less than one inch by the time most wake on Saturday. But the snow won’t stop there — it’s expected to pick up again around 9 a.m. and last through the night into Sunday morning.

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“There will be a couple inches of snow,” said NWS meteorologist Mike Griesinger. “Looks like two to four inches.”

With temperatures hovering near freezing, Griesinger said the weekend won’t likely produce the type of blizzard conditions that could be expected later in the winter season.

“Maybe during a different time of year we’d be looking at a classic snowstorm,” he said, “but it might not be getting cold enough.”

While some areas may be safer than others, driving conditions aren’t expected to be all too dangerous, as road temperatures are well above freezing.

“The roadways are going to start out well above freezing and it will take a while to cool those down,” Griesinger said.

Conditions could last until Monday, with the forecast calling for a slight chance of rain and snow showers, along with temperatures as low as 28 degrees.