Freeze warning issued for much of Central Texas

Temperatures in the 20s and wind chill readings in the teens are possible later this week in parts of Central Texas and a freeze watch has been issued that includes several area counties. (CNN VAN photo/file)
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(KWTX) A freeze warning was issued Wednesday for much of Central Texas as a cold front pushes in with gusty winds that will produce wind chill readings in the teens and lower 20s.

The warning, which will remain in effect from 1 a.m. to 10 a.m. Thursday includes Bell, Bosque, Coryell, Hill, Lampasas, McLennan, Mills, Navarro, San Saba and Williamson counties.

A freeze watch is in effect from late Thursday night through Friday morning that includes Falls, Freestone, Leon, Limestone, Milam and Robertson counties.

Frost and freeze conditions could kill crops and other sensitive vegetation and could cause damage to unprotected outdoor plumbing fixtures.

Automatic sprinkler systems should be turned off to prevent icing of nearby sidewalks and streets.

Along the Interstate 35 corridor, showers were likely ahead of the front Wednesday, but the rain was expected to taper off overnight as temperatures fall into the lower 30s with gusty north winds that will make it feel much colder.

Thursday should be sunny, but temperatures will rise only into the lower 50s before falling into the upper 20s overnight.

Friday should be warmer with highs in the lower 60s and lows overnight in the upper 30s.