Central Texas may get its first brush with winter weather this weekend. A cold front is expected to push into the region late Friday night, according to the National Weather Service.

Temperatures Friday and Saturday nights are expected to dip into the mid-30s for the first time this winter season, Fort Worth-based National Weather Service meteorologist Steve Fano said. The low temperature overnight Friday into Saturday morning is expected to reach 33, and the low Saturday night into Sunday morning is expected to reach 33 degrees.

“It will be considerably colder than we’ve had for quite a while in Waco,” Fano said. “Waco actually hit 38 degrees at about 4:30 a.m. (Wednesday), but with this Canadian cold front moving in, this will be the first time overnight temperatures have reached the 30s.”

Average low temperatures for this time of year are about 54 degrees in Waco, Fano said. He said residents may notice the brush of cold, but the front is expected to bring dry air with no precipitation expected this weekend.

“It will be much colder, much drier air, but it will also bring clearing skies,” Fano said. “It just seems like a good recipe, especially as days are getting shorter, for cold nights.”

According to the Climate Prediction Center, the three-month outlook includes temperatures above normal and precipitation totals below normal. Warmer and drier forecasts are the general trend this winter, Fano said.

“That doesn’t mean we won’t get a few cold snaps, like we did last year when cold fronts moved through, but generally speaking, temperatures are forecast to remain above normal,” he said. “I think we will have several opportunities to see arctic air move into North and Central Texas.”

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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