50-degree temperature swing possible on New Year's Day in Austin

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Austin is going from 74 degrees at midnight on New Year's to 28 degrees overnight and our first freeze of the season.
Austin is going from 74 degrees at midnight on New Year's to 28 degrees overnight and our first freeze of the season.

It's going to be a wild Jan. 1 for temperature swings.

The high for the Austin metro area is expected to be 80 degrees — but the low tonight is forecast to be 28 degrees after a strong cold front comes in overnight.

It's expected to be the first freeze of the 2021-2022 fall/winter season in the city of Austin proper.

The City of Austin has activated its cold-weather shelter plan for Saturday night. People in need of shelter should come to the One Texas Center building, 505 Barton Springs Road between 6-8 p.m. Capital Metro will take them to a cold weather shelter. The locations of those shelter are not made public. Health screenings will be done at the door.

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For people experiencing cedar fever, it's going to be a windy day with gusts up to 20 miles per hour in the afternoon and as high as 30 miles per hour tonight. Cedar counts are expected to be high on Saturday and Sunday, dip slightly Monday and Tuesday and return to high counts on Wednesday.

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Sunday's high is expectd be be 48 degrees, and the low Sunday night could reach 26 degrees.

Monday gets us out of freezing temperatures at night. The high will be 55 with a low that night of 36. Tuesday expect a high of 69 and a low of 47. Wednesday, the high will be around 73 with a low that night of 41. Thursday the temperature dips again with a high of 58 and a low around 28.

No rain is forecast for the week.

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This article originally appeared on Austin American-Statesman: Austin could see a 50-degree temperature swing on New Year's Day

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