First freeze: Blustery rain and very cold temperatures on the way
The first freeze of the season is coming this week, ahead of schedule.
A cold front is expected to arrive in South Central Texas on Monday, bringing rain, strong wind gusts and very cold temperatures, according to the National Weather Service.
San Antonio should get storms overnight into Monday morning, according to agency meteorologist Orlando Bermudez, with the strong winds and cold temperatures following right behind.
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“We’re going to have showers and storms in San Antonio Monday,” Bermudez said. “After that, the temperatures continue to go downhill.”
Late Monday afternoon, sustained winds are expected to reach 20 miles per hour in San Antonio, with gusts of 30 to 35 miles per hour.
Tuesday night is expected to bring the coldest temperatures. A light freeze is expected Tuesday morning across the Hill Country and Edwards Plateau, but that will extend to the entire region Tuesday night into Wednesday.
Meteorologists are expecting temperatures around 32 degrees Tuesday morning in San Antonio, according to Bermudez. The forecast drops to 27 degrees Wednesday morning. Temperatures will rise to the high 40s and low 50s later on those days.
One thing that’s not expected here: snow. Bermudez said more northern areas could get some wintry precipitation, like San Angelo and Dallas-Fort Worth, but not San Antonio.
“No frozen precipitation is expected behind this front as the moisture is not deep enough,” forecasters wrote.
The unseasonably chilly weather is expected to continue throughout the week, though it should accompany mostly clear skies after Monday.
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A respite isn’t expected until later in the week, when temperatures will climb back into the 60s Friday.
The agency says the first freeze this year is two weeks earlier than average.
“We do get these cold snaps once in awhile,” Bermudez said.
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