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Posted: Thursday, March 12, 2009 12:00 pm | Updated: 8:11 am, Thu Aug 16, 2012.

By Justin Cox

Killeen Daily Herald

It's still raining so burn bans have been called off.

Bell County officials have decided to lift the current burn ban based on rainfall and recommendations of local fire chiefs until sundown Sunday.

If rain continues the lift may be extended. Bell County commissioners will evaluated its status at Monday's commissioners court meeting.

The burn ban in unincorporated Coryell County is also temporarily lifted until 6 p.m. Sunday night, states a press release sent out today.

The rush of cold air may have been a surprise to many who opened their front doors Wednesday, but meteorologists say that unwelcome visitor likely will be here through the weekend.

The rain, however, is a welcome respite from the latest dry spell.

KCEN-TV chief meteorologist Andy Andersen said Wednesday that Central Texans can expect more of the same today, with highs in the 40s for today and Friday.

"The rain is going to be around till at least Saturday," Andersen said. "We've had a couple cold fronts push their way into the state. It's that time of the year when we have these clashes between warm and cold systems."

Today's forecast calls for a 60 percent chance of rain, but chances of rain will diminish as the week progresses. The rain is expected to move out of the area by Saturday. The National Weather Service predicts temperatures will reach a high in thelow 50s on Saturday.

Andersen said two moisture systems have come together and mixed with cold air from Canada.

Andersen said that Central Texas gets most of its rain in May and September, but the more the area can get before then, the better.

Wednesday's rainfall showed nearly an inch and a half in Killeen as of 11 p.m., while Temple had received just over an inch.

Andersen said the system is part of the same formation that brought strong storms and even tornadoes across the Midwest on Sunday and Monday. He said it was unlikely it will have the same impact on this area.

"It's kind of like if you're shooting pool and putting some English on the ball," Andersen said. "We're getting a bit of that rotation down here."

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