BY ALEXANDRIA RANDOLPH
National Weather Service meteorologists have issued a winter weather advisory for Lampasas and surrounding counties.
At 5:20 a.m., NWS issued a hazardous weather outlook for the region, stating “light sleet and possible freezing rain may mix with a cold rain this morning.”
The winter weather advisory will remain in effect for the rest of the day.
“The potential for a wintry mix across these areas will likely continue through midday and, depending on how quickly temperatures warm later this morning, possibly into the early afternoon hours as well,” the statement read.
Additionally, isolated embedded thunderstorms will be possible across areas primarily southeast of a Bonham to Dallas to Meridian to Lampasas line by this afternoon, meteorologists reported.
NWS officials have predicted storms for Wednesday through next Monday.
“Thunderstorm chances will increase across the entire area Friday night into Saturday, as a strong storm system moves across the region and pulls a dryline through the area on Saturday,” the statement read. “At this time, widespread severe weather is not expected, but stronger storms along with a heavy rain threat is expected across areas east of Interstate 35 later Friday night and especially on Saturday. Gusty winds, small hail and frequent lightning can be expected with stronger storms.
“In addition, heavy downpours across eastern parts of North and Central Texas may result minor flooding of low-lying areas moving into the early part of the weekend,” NWS officials said.
Thursday evening will see a 40 percent chance of showers with a low of 46 degrees. On Friday, chance of rainfall and stormy weather rises to 50 percent, with a low of 54 degrees.
Saturday will see a 40 percent chance of thunderstorms despite being partly sunny with a high near 70 degrees. A south wind may reach 20 to 25 mph in the morning hours, with potential gusts as high as 35 mph.
“Very gusty west winds, warm temperatures and low afternoon humidity values behind the dryline Saturday afternoon may result in elevated fire weather conditions along and west of U.S. 281,” depending on rainfall during the remainder of the week, NWS meteorologists said.
BY ALEXANDRIA RANDOLPH