"Polar Express" storm brings winter weather to Texas

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by The Associated Press

kvue.com

Posted on December 9, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Updated Sunday, Dec 9 at 6:35 PM

After flirting with or setting record high temperatures so far in December, winter is arriving in Texas with a vengeance. Forecasts even are calling for some areas of the state to get snow.

The National Weather Service on Saturday said a strong cold front is bringing the coldest air of the season to the South Plains Sunday and then dash through much of the state by the start of the week.

Light snow with accumulations of up to an inch was possible for Parmer, Castro and Bailey counties along the Texas-New Mexico border west of Lubbock.

In Dallas-Fort Worth, where temperatures Saturday were in the 70s, there's a chance a dusting of snow with some minor accumulations.

A strong cold front will arrive in the Austin area between 6 and 7 Sunday evening. There is a 30% chance of thunderstorms in Austin late this afternoon and early Sunday evening ahead of the front, and a 50% chance of thunderstorms this evening for our eastern counties. In addition, there is a slight risk of severe thunderstorms this evening for areas east of I-35, with the main threats being damaging winds and hail.

Much colder air moves in behind the front Sunday night with decreasing clouds late. Lows will reach the upper 30s in Austin, so some low-lying areas outside of the city could see freezing temperatures overnight.

Bundle up Monday as highs will only reach the mid 40s. A widespread freeze is expected Monday night with lows in the upper 20s in Austin. A hard freeze is expected Monday night in the Hill Country. More freezing temperatures are expected Tuesday night. Be sure to protect the plants, pets, and pipes Monday night and Tuesday night, including dripping your faucets.
 
 

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