LIVE BLOG: As skies have cleared out, temperatures will once again drop in the RGV

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HARLINGEN, Texas (KVEO) — Historic winter weather has struck the Rio Grande Valley within the past 48 hours bringing life-threatening winter weather conditions across Texas.

As skies have cleared out, temperatures will once again drop into the 20s Monday night through Tuesday morning.

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(2/16) 6:19 a.m. Weather Update: Hard freeze warning in effect until 9 a.m.

8 p.m. Update

Temperatures have not budged much with McAllen and Weslaco barely surpassing the freezing point today for overall highs.

However, temperatures have fallen back to around freezing for many areas across the RGV. The good news is that winds have significantly weakened with winds out of the north at 8-10 mph. This will increase wind chill temperatures to feel like 19-23 degrees. 

6:30 p.m. Update

5 p.m. Update

As skies have cleared out, temperatures will once again drop into the 20s Monday night through Tuesday morning.

Noon Update:

The wind chill warning has been EXTENDED until 6 p.m. this evening for the entire Rio Grande Valley.

Feels like temperatures continue to be between 10 and 20 degrees for the rest of the afternoon. Freezing temperatures are now expected for the remainder of the afternoon as well before another potential hard freeze area-wide later tonight.

10 a.m. Update

Dangerous cold continues with temperatures remain below freezing with wind chills in single digits and teens. Some partial clearing will continue today, but temperatures will struggle to climb above freeze as gusty north and northwest winds continue.

Even if temperatures do climb above 32 degrees, it will be short-lived as another intense freeze is expected tonight.

8:22 a.m. Update

Very dangerous wind chill temperatures continue at this time.  There are areas of the Valley starting to see the sun peaking through the clouds. We will need to see the sun in order to warm above freezing by midday or early afternoon and clear most icy overpasses and roadways.  However, above freezing temperatures will be short-lived. 

4:35 a.m. Update

Freezing rain/sleet is slowing from west to east across the Rio Grande Valley leaving behind a glaze of ice on vehicles as well as overpasses/bridges.

Dangerous driving conditions are expected to continue through the better part of the day. It is best to remain off of the roadways.

Air temperatures are in the 20s as of 4:30 a.m., with wind chills in the teens. Sunshine is expected to return by midmorning. Temperatures will remain in the low to middle 30s for the afternoon. Tonight, with clear skies temperatures will crash into the middle 20s and remain below freezing for as long as 12 hours. This will shift focus from icy roads to a hard freeze. Stay Warm!

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2:20 a.m. Update:
Even though most of the wintry precipitation has ended, temperatures continue to fall into the upper 20s, making travel especially hazardous on bridges and overpasses. There have been multiple reports of ice on bridges across the RGV, so STAY HOME this morning. Wind chills remain in the teens and could briefly reach the single digits by daybreak as wind gusts over 30 mph continue. 

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12:55 a.m.

Cities are reporting ice on roads in areas of the RGV.

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11:10 p.m.

A wintry mix of snow flurries, sleet, and freezing rain/drizzle continues across portions of the RGV tonight as temperatures continue to drop. Dangerous wind chills in the teens and 20s will get more intense overnight, dropping into the single digits and teens. Light wintry precip. will continue for several more hours before gradually tapering. Temperatures will continue dropping into the 20s, making roadways susceptible to freezing even as the precipitation ends.

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8:50 p.m.

Frozen precipitation has begun in the Rio Grande Valley. Temperatures continue to fall to freezing, and some icing has already been reported in Weslaco and just north of McAllen. There have even been a few flurries near McCook and McAllen. A wintry mix of flurries, sleet, and freezing rain will remain likely for the remainder of the evening as temperatures continue to fall below freezing. Travel is highly discouraged as road conditions continue to deteriorate. 

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8:45 p.m.

The wind chill on Monday morning is expected to be in the 10s throughout the Rio Grande Valley.

6:10 p.m.

The NWS in Brownsville has now issued a hard freeze warning for Starr, northern Hidalgo, and inland Willacy counties until noon Monday.

This is for the likelihood of temperatures dropping into the middle 20s overnight into Monday morning. This will be especially hazardous for pipes, agriculture, and livestock.

4:05 p.m.

A freeze warning has been issued for the entire RGV, including coastal Cameron and Willacy counties.

This includes South Padre Island, marking the first time SPI has seen the threat of freezing temperatures this season.

Overnight low temperatures are expected to drop into the middle and upper 20s with even lower wind chills.

2:45 p.m.

Showers are expected to increase for the the RGV with temperatures remaining in the middle 30s.

Timing on wintry precipitation in the Rio Grande Valley

1:25 p.m.

Due to frigid cold temperatures, airports across the Rio Grande Valley are canceling flights schedule on Sunday.

10:40 a.m.

Dangerously cold temperatures will remain across the RGV Monday night into Tuesday morning with lows dropping again to the upper 20s/low 30s with winds at 7-10 mph.

As winds will be weaker, wind chills, or “feels like” temperatures will still be colder, in the low 20s.

8:50 a.m.

The National Weather Service has upgraded the entire Rio Grande Valley to a Winter Storm Warning that will be in effect from 6pm Sunday to 12 pm Monday. A Wind Chill Warning will also effect from 6pm Sunday to 12pm Monday.

Wind chills or “feels like” temperatures are remaining below freezing this morning as winds are out of the north at 10-12 mph. For the rest of today winds will die down slightly as temperatures will warm into the upper 30s and 40s. Skies will remain overcast with light drizzle to on and off light showers across the RGV.

5 a.m.

Winter storm WARNING issued for the entire RGV. Expect light ice accumulations late Sunday night into early Monday morning to cause travel difficulty.

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