Freezing rain possible for some areas overnight, Sunday morning
ABILENE, Texas —
A strong cold front today made yesterday's 70 degree temperatures feel like a distant memory. We stayed in the 30s and 40s today across the Big Country.
Tonight, temperatures drop back below freezing early in the evening and after midnight, we look at freezing rain possibilities. A disturbance is set to move across part of the Big Country tonight. Areas mainly south of Interstate 20 and east of San Angelo should be on the lookout for freezing rain.
Even though our temperatures at the surface will drop into the low to mid-20s tonight, we are mainly looking at freezing rain. As this disturbance moves across, air well above the surface will be warmer and above freezing. As liquid precipitation falls into sub-freezing air near the surface, droplets freeze.
Expect the possibility of freezing rain mainly near 3 a.m. through noon. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for southeastern counties in the Big Country from midnight through noon Sunday.
If you see any ice tonight or Sunday morning, please send us your pictures or videos at www.ktxs.com/chimein.
Fortunately, we were very warm Friday so it does not look like ground surfaces will freeze. The biggest concern will be elevated surfaces like bridges and overpasses. TxDOT has treated roadways in the Brownwood District. Our temperatures will stay below freezing through about noon Sunday. If you have any travel plans before then, be sure to check the latest road conditions at www.DriveTexas.org. Later in the day, clouds should break and some sun should help us finish off the weekend. High temperatures on Sunday will be in the upper 30s to low 40s.
Sunday night we will be back below freezing, mainly with temperatures in the mid-20s. The combination of sunshine Sunday afternoon and very dry air should take care of any remaining ice that may have accumulated. Winds will turn east overnight at 5 to 10 mph.
As we start the week, Monday begins our warming trend for the week. Highs will be in the upper 40s to low 50s. Expect partly cloudy skies and probably the most sunshine we'll get for the rest of the week.
We will be back into the 70s by Valentine's Day and looking at a rainy end to the week/ start to the weekend.
Have a great rest of your weekend! -MM-