Seven inches of snow blanketed Taylor earlier this week, and there might be literal icing on the metaphorical cake to come.
The National Weather Service has placed the county under a Winter Storm Warning, until 6 a.m. Thursday. As of press time, the second of three winter systems this week was forecast for Tuesday night.
“We just haven’t set any new records from the last two mornings,” said John Taylor, Taylor Texas Weather Network. “We’ve smashed them to hell and back.”
Tuesday morning’s low was 2 degrees, which beat the previous Feb. 16 record low of 20 degrees in 2007.
Freezing rain was feared heading into Wednesday morning, possibly making for very dangerous travel conditions. Up to a quarter of an inch of ice was likely.
“It’s going to put new ice on top of snow on top of ice,” said John Taylor.
“A final wintry mix is possible Wednesday night. Travel will remain very hazardous and highly discouraged,” said the National Weather Service Austin / San Antonio Office. “In addition to the rotating power outages ongoing across Texas, power outages from downed power lines due to ice build up could be possible.”
The forecast calls for a 50% chance of icy mix early Wednesday with a high of 35 degrees. Wednesday night has a 40% of snow, sleet or freezing rain and a low of 25 degrees.
Thursday is expected to be mostly cloudy but carries a 20% chance of precipitation during the day before skies clear at night. Temperatures might rise above freezing during the day but could drop down to around 16 degrees at night.
Friday should have clear skies and reach the 40s during the day. One more bitter freezing night could have lows in the 20s.
Taylor’s first full day and night above freezing might be Saturday. Highs are forecast in the 50s with lows in the 40s. Sunday and Monday highs could get close to the 60s.
For an updated forecast and radar, visit http://www.taylorpress.net.