AUSTIN (KXAN) - Fresh off the downpour that hit Central Texas, temperatures plunged throughout the area.
It got to the upper 40s in the Hill Country overnight. It's windy, and highs will only be in the upper 50s to near 60.
Meanwhile, the storm system that brought up to 12 inches of rain in some areas continues to linger and has extended the Flash Flood Watch into Wednesday. The Watch includes Travis and its surrounding counties and the Texas Hill Country.
The KXAN Weather Team said a cold front was set to enter the northern Hill Country by Tuesday afternoon, setting the stage for another round of for heavy rainfall. And rain will remain in the forecast through the coming week.
Meanwhile, city officials continued to monitor conditions Tuesday and make flood preparations. They were using tools such as the Flood Early Warning System which monitors rainfall, water levels and low water crossings in Austin, according to a news release.
The released points out that about 75 percent of flood-related deaths happen in vehicles.
"Don’t drive during heavy rainfall," the release said. "If driving is necessary look for water over the road, avoid low-water crossings, and turn around if a road is barricaded or flooded.
"Keep in mind that during heavy storms it may be difficult to see if a road is flooded. Taking chances and getting a vehicle caught in flood waters not only endangers passengers’ lives, but can also put the lives of first responders at risk. Remember: Turn Around, Don’t Drown”
Austin Fire Department extended the ban on commercial or navigational boating and all recreational use on Barton Creek at least until noon Wednesday. The city’s Emergency Operations Center personnel remained on standby in case conditions deteriorate.
The city of Austin also lifted the burn ban but reminded people to take safety precautions while grilling in designated areas:
Campfires are only allowed at Emma Long Metropolitan Park and these must be attended at all times by an adult until fully extinguished.
The city will re-evaluate the wildfire risk and drought conditions on an ongoing basis.
"If conditions worsen and the threat of wildfire increases the department will issue a burn ban order to be effective immediately," a new release said.
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