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Wintry mix of rain, sleet and freezing rain could hit the Coastal Bend Thursday night into Friday morning

A complex forecast this week; from rain to sleet to possibly freezing rain thanks to a strong cold front increasing rain and dropping temperatures.

Be prepared for the possibility of a wintry mix of rain>sleet>freezing rain (Jan. 20) Thursday afternoon, night, and into (Jan. 21) Friday morning in the Coastal Bend.  

Credit: Alan Holt

The progression would be a cold rain through Thursday afternoon, with sleet mixing in later in the day/night.  As temperatures cool to around freezing or a little lower, freezing rain will start to become a problem overnight Thursday, into Friday morning. Ice accumulations would likely be under a quarter of an inch. Most hazardous time for travel looks like Friday morning.

Credit: Alan Holt

Things tend to shift around a bit leading up to events like this. The trend the last 24 hours has been a colder outlook, which is why the freezing rain threat is increasing. We will continue to update this forecast.

Here's the general timeline for the cold front arrival tonight, the transition from rain to sleet/freezing rain, and when roads, especially bridges, would have the highest possibility of becoming icy.

Posted by Alan Holt on Wednesday, January 19, 2022