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Cold front to bring mix of rain, sleet and ice

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Those wishing for a colder holiday season won’t have to wait for long.

A second round of arctic air is expected to arrive tomorrow morning, bringing with it freezing temperatures and precipitation. The combination of the two will put the area on the cusp of liquid rain and ice through the weekend.

The cold front is expected to arrive around sunrise Thursday, dropping daytime temperatures into 30s, though north winds at speeds of 15 to 25 mph will make temperatures feel like they're in the 20s. The chance of rain is relatively low at 30 percent.

As temperatures dip below 32 degrees Thursday night, the area could experience some freezing rain and sleet. Elevated objects, bridges and overpasses could get some light icing during the night.

That means the Friday morning commute in Waco, Austin and the surrounding areas could be rough. Temperatures will barely rise above freezing during the day, and the 60 percent chance of precipitation brings a chance of light ice accumulation.

A mix of freezing rain, sleet and ice is again possible Saturday morning, most likely in Waco and the Hill Country. Temperatures are not expected to rise much above freezing during the day, so those going to the Texas-Baylor game will want to dress warmly.

After some more possible freezing rain, sleet and ice Sunday morning, the weather is expected to clear up later in the day, bringing temperatures back up into the 40s.

Another cold front will arrive on Monday, but it is not expected to bring any precipitation with it.

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