Round two; Bundle up and get the shovel for bitter cold, snow storm

Published 10:38 am Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Get ready for round two.

A wind chill advisory has been posted for tonight through Thursday morning, as sub-zero temperatures of minus 10 combine with 10-20 mph winds to create dangerous wind chills of minus 15 to minus 30 degrees. The advisory begins at 9 p.m. tonight and lasts through 9 a.m. Thursday.

Tomorrow’s high will climb to only 4 degrees, but winds should calm to bring the wind chill factors under control, said meteorologist Clint Aegerter of the National Weather Service in La Crosse, Wisconsin.

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And, for the second time in a week, a snowstorm threatens to bear down on the Austin area. A winter storm watch has been posted and if predictions prove right, the storm should reach the area Friday afternoon and dump 5 to 8 inches of snow through Saturday morning.

Then, dangerous cold returns Saturday night. For a short period, winds with gusts up to 25 to 30 mph could buffet the area and combine with the lows in the minus-teens to again create nasty wind chills. The cold remains through Sunday.

Temps on Monday should start to climb back across the zero line, with highs predicted at about 10 degrees. On Tuesday, normal temperatures for this time of year return, with the highs reaching into the 20s, according to Aegerter.