Severe weather expected through Thursday


Severe weather is expected in Gonzales County through Thursday, Feb. 16.

Both a wind chill warning and hard freeze warning are in effect, and a storm warning goes into effect at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15. 

In addition to power outages and "brownouts," travel is expected to remain difficult through the evening as ice and snow persis, and water refreezes on roads. 

According to the National Weather Service, the air over the area is the coldest its been since 1989. Lows of zero to 15 degrees and winds up to 10 mph could bring wind chill values of 10 below zero to five below zero. Anyone outdoors for an extended period of time may be at risk of hypothermia. 

Another round of freezing rain is expected as well. 

Wednesday through Monday, Winter Storm Warnings and Winter Weather Advisories will remain in effect across South Central Texas through early Thursday morning.

"The first of two rounds of winter type precipitation continues from tonight into Wednesday, and a second round of winter weather is expected Wednesday night into Thursday morning. Additional ice accumulations from the first round tonight into Wednesday morning will be in the 1/10 to 1/4 range across the warned area with lighter amounts below 5 hundredths of an inch possible in the advisory area."

The freezing rain expected through Wednesday will bring renewed accumulation of ice on roads, especially on roads that continue to have ice from earlier systems. Light additional accumulations of ice and and snow will be possible from the second disturbance Wednesday night and Thursday morning.