Mother Nature wants you to know Christmas is less than two weeks away! So she is sending a little something from the North Pole our way on Thursday and Friday.

The National Weather Service issued a Winter Storm Watch this afternoon for western areas of Central Texas along with a Wind Advisory. 

The Winter Storm Watch kicks in mid-afternoon and lasts through Friday Morning for Mills, Hamilton, and Lampasas Counties. This is what is causing some weather stations to include a snowflake graphic in their 3-day outlook. Areas that do see winter precipitation develop could get a trace of snow or as much as 4-inches. If it does begin to snow, travel will get tricky in the affected counties pretty quick. Now, how about the winds?

A Wind Advisory is going to include Bell County, Mills, Hamilton, Bosque, Lampasas, Coryell, Hill, Navarro, McLennan, Falls, Limestone, Milam, and Robertson County. Winds will pick up this afternoon and gusts 25 to 35 mph. Isolated gusts as high as 45 or 50 mph.

If it does snow to the West of Bell County, driving will become treacherous. Tree branches could be coming down all over the place making power outages possible.

Again, much of this will be West of the I-35 corridor but it could impact Temple-Killeen this evening. Driving will be difficult in the high winds and for goodness sake if you have inflatable Christmas decorations in your yard take them down and bring them in. Keep in mind if you just deflate them and leave them outside its possible for them to freeze to the ground and may never stand upright again.