Weather whiplash: Upper 70s Wednesday ahead of Arctic front, wintry precipitation

Winter Weather Advisory now in effect from 3AM Thursday-6AM Friday
Wintry precipitation
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AUSTIN ( -- Another bout of weather whiplash is on its way to Central Texas, with an Arctic front barreling towards the Austin metro - bringing with it sub-freezing temperatures and a likely shot at wintry precipitation across much of the I-35 corridor.

A Winter Weather Advisory begins at 3AM Thursday through 6AM Friday...

The front is expected to move through the area towards sunset tonight, dropping temperatures from highs in the upper 70s Wednesday afternoon to a forecast low of 31 degrees by Thursday morning.

With the chill in the air, an upper level disturbance will move closer, creating the potential for light precipitation to fall through the day on Thursday. Any precipitation that does fall will be in the form of a cold rain, as well as freezing rain, sleet, and even snow.

While the amount of precipitation will be light, any amount that does fall will have the potential to cause issues on elevated surfaces including bridges and overpasses. Any that falls on ground surfaces will likely melt on contact given Wednesday's warm temperatures.

Once the upper level disturbance clears out of the area late Thursday, temperatures will bottom out with a hard freeze expected area wide Friday and Saturday morning.