Winter Weather Advisory, Wind advisories issued for region

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(KWTX) The National Weather Service issued a Winter Weather Advisory for western areas of Central Texas and a Wind Advisory for most of the region.

The Winter Weather Advisory, which is effective from late Thursday afternoon through mid-morning Friday, includes Mills, Hamilton and Lampasas Counties in Central Texas.

Initially, it was issued as a Winter Weather Watch, but was later downgraded.

Snow with accumulations of just a trace to as much as 4 inches is possible and winds that could gust to speeds of 55 miles per hour could limit visibility when snow is falling, making travel hazardous.

The high winds could bring down tree branches, causing power outages.

The Wind Advisory, which is in effect from 3 p.m. Thursday until noon Friday, includes Mills, Hamilton, Bosque, Lampasas, Coryell, Hill, Navarro, Bell, McLennan, Falls, Limestone, Milam and Robertson counties.

Northerly winds will increase to around 25 to 35 miles per hour with gusts as high as 45 miles per hour and isolated gusts as high as 50 miles per hour.

The high wind could blow loose objects about including Christmas decorations, yard furniture and could cause tree branches to fall, which could result in power outages.

“These winds will make driving difficult for all vehicles,” the weather service said.

“Weak trees may be blown over and some minor structural damage is also possible. Residents should take action to ensure all lightweight outdoor objects are secured.”

Along the Interstate 35 corridor, Thursday will be breezy with highs around 60.

Temperatures will drop into the lower 50s Thursday afternoon as southwest winds become west with gusts as high as 35 miles per hour.

There’s a chance of rain during the day and thunderstorms are possible Thursday evening as precipitation chances rise.

Overnight temperatures will drop into the upper 30s with northwest winds of 25 to 35 miles per hour that will make it feel even colder.

On Friday morning, there’s a chance of a wintry mix with little or no accumulations.

The afternoon will be breezy and cooler with highs in the upper 40s and wind gusts as high as 40 miles per hour.

Overnight temperatures will drop into the mid-30s, but wind speeds will decrease, too.

Saturday should be sunny with highs in the upper 50s.