Snow on the way? Austin in line for 6-10, but tracking could change

Published 10:18 am Tuesday, March 22, 2016

The calendar may have turned to spring on Sunday, but Mother Nature isn’t quite done with winter.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch from 4 p.m. Wednesday until noon Thursday as a storm with the potential to drop 6 to 10 inches approaches the area.

Wet, heavy snow is expected to develop Wednesday afternoon and evening. Current tracking of the system calls for Austin and Mower County to fall in the path of the heaviest snows of 7-10 inches with higher amounts in some areas.

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However, uncertainty remains with the storm’s tracking and where the heaviest snow will fall. Periods of freezing rain will also be possible.

Blustery conditions are expected with winds of 21 to 24 mph on Wednesday night with 32 mph gusts.

The weather service is warning of hazardous travel conditions, and the snow could significantly reduce visibility.

Wednesday’s high will reach 36 before temperatures are expected to fall to 33 by 5 p.m. and to lows of 24 overnight. Thursday’s high will reach around 33.

High temperatures are expected to rise to around the upper 30s and low 40s by this weekend.