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Members of the University of Texas rowing team practice on the Brazos River on Wednesday. Twenty-eight student-athletes planned to row twice a day through Sunday despite the potential for wintry weather this week.

Staff photo— Jerry Larson

Members of the University of Texas rowing team took advantage of cool temperatures in Waco on Wednesday and Thursday as they practiced on the Brazos River, just one day before a bout of winter weather is expected to sweep through Central Texas.

Friday’s high temperature is expected to be 29 degrees, with the low Friday night into Saturday morning falling to 18 degrees, Fort Worth-based National Weather Service meteorologist Juan Hernandez said.

Possible flurries or a slight chance of snowfall are forecast for Waco sometime Friday, but no true accumulation is expected, Hernandez said. Temperatures are expected to reach a mild 38 degrees on Saturday.

“This is all associated with the arctic air that plunges southward,” Hernandez said.

“Light snow or flurries is definitely going to be a possibility, especially in the afternoon to 6 p.m. time frame, but Waco is going to be on the southern fringe of anything that does fall, so nothing should stick around.”

Hernandez said no ice accumulation is expected during the cold snap. By Sunday, temperatures are expected to reach about 45 degrees and continue to climb into early next week.

“The warming trend will continue and it will be 65 degrees on Monday and 72 degrees by Tuesday,” Hernandez said. “We really haven’t had a lot of wintry precipitation down south this year yet, but we have had some reports of sleet. This is be the first time with winterlike weather for the area, but then we will get back to Texas weather.”

Kristin Hoppa has been covering public safety and breaking news for the Tribune-Herald since January 2016. She worked in Northwest Missouri covering crime-related issues before her move to Central Texas. She is a University of Kansas graduate.

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