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Snow, Ice Take Aim at Houston, San Antonio

A big change is on the way for Texas with much colder air settling in to close out the week.

Snow, rain and even ice will accompany this major swing in temperatures, bringing the risk of dangerous travel and power outages to millions across the Lone Star State.

Three of the four most populated cities in Texas lay in the path of this storm with Houston, San Antonio and Austin all at risk of dangerous ice buildup Thursday night and into Friday.

Although precipitation is forecast to start off as a bit of rain or drizzle, this will only set the stage for the hazardous conditions that will follow.

Temperatures will drop into the 20s Thursday night as the rain changes over to sleet and freezing rain. Any untreated surfaces that are wet from the initial rain will freeze over due to the below-freezing temperatures.

Those who plan on hitting the roadways Thursday night and on Friday should use extreme caution as black ice can be difficult to spot and can quickly lead to accidents.

Additionally, the buildup of ice on power lines can lead to power outages that may not be able to be restored until after the storm ends.

This winter weather can also lead to flight delays and cancellations for both inbound and outbound flights.

While the ice is not expected to make it to the coast or down to the Rio Grande Valley, folks in these areas may still see a little sleet mix in with the rain at times, although it is expected to have minimal impacts.

This cold, icy weather is not expected to stick around for long as warmer weather looks to return for the weekend.

Temperatures will rebound into the 60s by Saturday afternoon in the same areas that will struggle to make it to the 30-degree mark on Friday.

The warmer weather will melt much, if not all, of the ice by the end of Saturday.