Dangerous lightning, large hail and damaging winds have made their presence known across Central Texas since Thursday night.
An upper-level disturbance combined with a surface cold front will continue to bring the chance for showers and thunderstorms through Saturday night.
Travis County was under a flash flood warning until 10:30 p.m. Friday night, after storms brought heavy rains that caused street flooding at some low water crossings. At one point, about 6,000 Austin Energy customers were without electricity.
The severe weather threat will greatly diminish Saturday. However, we are still expecting a 40 percent chance for scattered showers during the afternoon.
On average, May is wettest month of the year. So far, it has not lived up to that reputation. This round of rainfall, however, will snap that dry pattern, as our latest model runs have a potential total between 1.5- and 3 inches of rain through Saturday night for many communities across Central Texas.
Thursday night's storms in the Hill Country contained softball-sized hail, and caused significant damage in the area. One apartment complex in Fredericksburg had 140 windows busted by the hail. Strong winds also made it difficult to drive along roadways.
The storm was dangerous enough to warrant a tornado warning in Gillespie County for more than an hour Thursday. The warning was allowed to expire at 10 p.m.
More storms are forecasted for the metro area Friday . All of the KXAN viewing area will be at a slight risk for severe weather, according to the Storm Prediction Center. Large hail and damaging winds will be the primary threat.
Temperatures will remain near or just below normal through Friday, then well below normal Saturday, with highs only in the mid-70s. A return to highs in the 80s is forecast by Monday. There will be another chance for rain by Tuesday and Wednesday next week.
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