A winter storm watch is issued for parts of Texas as the Arctic front brings the coldest temperatures of the season

Parts of south and central Texas will be under winter storm watch in two days, as a strong arctic front will bring freezing temperatures to the region for the rest of the week.

The watch was issued Thursday morning through Thursday afternoon for the Hill Country and Austin areas, the National Weather Service said.

The Arctic cold front will pass through the region on Wednesday afternoon with the “coldest temperatures we have seen so far this winter,” officials said. Meteorologists predict a hard freeze, with parts of the Hill Country potentially seeing up to 60 straight hours of freezing temperatures.

Extremely cold wind chill values ​​are also expected Thursday through Saturday morning.

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Meteorologists are confident south-central Texas will see freezing rain and sleet on Thursday. Weather is expected to affect travel in the Hill Country and Austin areas, while it is less certain that San Antonio will experience such effects from icing.

Up to a quarter inch of ice accumulation is expected, and isolated pockets of up to a half inch of sleet are possible across the Hill Country.

In San Antonio, nighttime temperatures will drop to below 20 degrees Thursday and Friday. Daytime temperatures will be between 30 and 30 s.

Weekend temperatures will rise slightly, with Saturday’s high in the 40s and Sunday’s high in the mid-50s.

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