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Rain, sleet, ice | Here's the timeline of when it could hit Central Texas

A cold front could make for a messy commute early Wednesday morning with sleet and freezing rain possible.

TEMPLE, Texas — Wednesday morning we'll be greeted by temperatures near the freezing mark and northerly winds still 15 to 25 mph. This will give us wind chill values in the teens and low-20s. 

Temperatures are not expected to get out of the 30s. With the cold air in place, another system will move across the Southern Plains leading to potentially heavy snowfall from Abilene to Wichita Falls.

A *WINTER STORM WATCH* has been issued just to the west-northwest of Central Texas.

A wintry mix will be possible Wednesday morning mainly west of I-35 in Central Texas. The best chances will be for areas west of a Lampasas to Gatesville to Hillsboro line.

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Because of a layer of warm air a few thousand feet above the surface, precipitation will start as a cold rain and then transition to a freezing rain and sleet mix. A few slick spots on elevated surfaces will be possible west of I-35 Wednesday. Areas east of I-35 will see a cold rain, though a few sleet pellets could mix in.

We'll see a lull in the activity Wednesday afternoon, before one last wave of energy may kick up a few light snow showers early Thursday morning. Light accumulations would be possible.

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This forecast will change, so check back for updates.

Tonight: 40% chance of showers before midnight, low 37. North wind around 20 mph, with gusts to 30

Wednesday: 50% chance rain, mainly before noon, high 40. North wind 15 to 20 mph, gusts to 25.

Wednesday Night: 40% chance rain, snow, and sleet. low 30. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph, gusts to 20.

Thursday: Sunny, high 51. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph.

Thursday Night: Mostly clear, low 34. West wind 5 mph.

Friday: Sunny, high 63. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.

Friday Night: Mostly clear, low 42.

Saturday: Sunny, high 65.

Saturday Night: Mostly clear, low 45.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, high 67.

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