Wind advisory in effect until 6 AM Friday

December 13, 2018 - 9:26 am
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AUSTIN (KJCE) -- Strong, gusty winds will batter the Austin area Thursday in the wake of a passing cold front.

A Wind Advisory is in effect from 10 a.m. Thursday morning until 6 a.m. Friday. Sustained winds of 20 to 30 mph are expected to spread across the area, with stronger gusts up to 40 mph.

Loose patio furniture and Christmas decorations may be tossed around if not properly secured. The high winds also bring a wildfire risk, despite last week's rain - with forecasters strongly discouraging any outdoor burning. High-profile SUVs and other tall vehicles should use caution while driving.

Behind the front, rain and even the possibility of some trace amounts of snow are possible. Portions of the Hill Country have the best chance at seeing any snow, but no travel impacts are expected due to ground temperatures - with any accumulations limited to grassy areas and elevated surfaces.

Strong winds will continue into Friday with temperatures dropping about 20 degrees behind the front, before winds calm down and return to a southerly breeze by Sunday.

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