Wintry weather continues; Wind chills could reach 20 below overnight

Published 10:26 am Monday, November 17, 2014

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas — or mid-January.

After reports of 2.3 to 4.5 inches of snow in the Austin area Saturday, a winter weather advisory is in effect again for Mower County to start the work week — this time for gusty winds and blowing snow.

The National Weather Service issued the winter weather advisory from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. today, with 15 to 25 mph winds and 35 mph gusts blowing around the snow that fell Saturday and making for drifting and poor visibility. In addition, spotters reported about 4 inches of snow on the ground.

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With the blustery conditions, wind chills were expected to range from 10 to 20 below zero tonight and Tuesday morning, when lows will drop to around zero.

National Weather Service and other extended forecasts call for Austin to stay well below freezing through the weekend, with highs in the teens and 20s, and lows dipping to the single digits. Then, only a brief warmup is expected. Saturday could reach 32 and Sunday could reach 36, but then high temperatures are expected to drop back below freezing.

More snow was in the forecast for Tuesday, which could see up to an inch. At least for now, extended forecasts call for more snow next weekend and into next week.