The coldest temperatures yet settle in tonight - Wind Chill Advisory in place through Friday morning

Slushy spots refreeze overnight
Published: Jan. 31, 2022 at 6:28 PM CST|Updated: Feb. 4, 2022 at 6:15 AM CST
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WACO, Texas (KWTX) -

Key takeaways

  • The coldest bout of arctic air this year has arrived. Temperatures are below freezing and will stay there through at least midday Friday for some and maybe not until midday Saturday for others.
  • Ice and sleet accumulations has refrozen into sheets of ice and travel is very hazardous Friday morning. Whatever doesn’t melt and evaporate today will refreeze Friday night.
  • Wind Chill Advisory runs through 9 AM with morning “feels-like” temperatures ranging from -5° to 10°.

All of Central Texas is now under a Wind Chill Advisory until 9 A.M. The cold wind chills, anywhere from -5° to 10°, could result in hypothermia if precautions are not taken.

Temperatures will feel 5 to 5 below 0 Thursday night to Friday morning
Temperatures will feel 5 to 5 below 0 Thursday night to Friday morning(KWTX)

Here’s the latest forecast.

LIST OF CLOSURES - With ice creating dangerous roadways, here’s a list of closures throughout Central Texas

Wind Chill Temperatures Timeline

With temperatures continuing to stay below freezing, ice may be on roadways throughout Friday and into Saturday too since refreezing is expected tonight. Winds stay strong out of the north today, coming in about 15-25 mph. Combine the wind with subfreezing temperatures and that creates dangerous “feels like” temperatures today. The coldest wind chills are expected this morning with a gradual improvement in the afternoon.

Wind chills are dangerously low Friday morning and won't improve too much as the day rolls on!
Wind chills are dangerously low Friday morning and won't improve too much as the day rolls on!(KWTX)

COLDEST TEMPERATURES COME TONIGHT: Saturday morning is when we’re expecting the coldest temperatures into the teens. We’re still going to stay chilly today too. Friday’s morning temperatures in the upper-teens and 20s will warm close to freezing this afternoon before tumbling again tonight.

RESOURCES:

LIST OF CLOSURES - With ice creating dangerous roadways, here’s a list of closures throughout Central Texas

POWER OUTAGES - Here’s a look at the Oncor map of power outages

WARMING CENTER LOCATIONS - Several warming shelters around the area are opening up to help project from the winter storm

HOW DOES THIS WINTER STORM COMPARE TO LAST YEAR?

This is definitely not as bad as last year’s storm which gave us widespread power outages, multi-inch snow totals and ice, temperatures as cold as -2 degrees (& wind chills colder than that), and over a week solid with sub-freezing temperatures. But this is a significant winter storm for Central Texas though. With almost all Central Texas areas getting a least some ice, sleet, or snow plus over a day with temperatures below freezing and a wind chill advisory in place, this is still a storm to take seriously especially as the coldest temperatures yet settle in tonight.

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