SAN ANTONIO -

The San Antonio area and the Hill Country are expected to get another round of arctic air this week.

Temperatures across South Central Texas are expected to drop dramatically Wednesday into Thursday morning as a major blast of arctic air will enter the region in the wake of a strong cold front.    

According to the National Weather Service, this front will bring an extended period of much below normal temperatures through the middle of next week.  

KSAT Weather Authority Meteorologist Mike Osterhage says temperatures will start in the upper 60s Thursday morning, but drop throughout the day to a low around 40. Mike says temperatures Friday will only reach a high of around 43 and drop to around 34.  

There is also a good chance for rain that could change over to freezing rain starting Thursday night and continuing into this weekend.

The Hill Country has the best chances to see freezing rain and light sleet as do the the Northern Edwards Plateau, I-35 corridor including metro Austin and northern metro San Antonio.

Precipitation amounts are expected to be light enough that icing should be minimal, mainly on bridges and other elevated surfaces.

Even without the rain, it will be cold and blustery with wind chill readings in the upper teens 20s and 30s over the weekend.

Another push of cold air will arrive early next week, maintaining the below normal temperatures through the much of the week, according to the National Weather Service.