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Showers, Sleet Possible in Austin

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Update: (Jan. 3, 5:31 p.m.) National Weather Service reports temperatures in Austin will get down to around 39 degrees tonight. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent with little or no snow accumulation expected.

The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook for Travis County.

Parts of Central Texas have already seen some sleet today. And scattered patches of light rain, occasionally mixed with light sleet are expected to blow into Travis County this afternoon. But the wintry weather isn’t expected to really make an impact until later tonight and into tomorrow morning.

Overnight, areas in the Hill Country could see 1 to 3 inches of snow. For the Austin area, it will be more of a mix of rain, sleet and snow and probably won’t accumulate. But Rose says it could still create some problems.

“We might see some travel problems on bridges and overpasses as temperatures overnight fall to the lower 30s,” says Bob Rose, chief meteorologist with the Lower Colorado River Authority. “So some of this could see a little freezing here and there.”

The system will make its way through Friday and we’re not expected to see any more snow in the near future.

Just this morning, the National Weather Service updated its three-month drought outlook. It shows the drought will likely continue in Central Texas and the Hill Country, at least through March.

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