AUSTIN (KXAN) — Severe thunderstorms with large hail, damaging winds and isolated tornadoes are possible today across central Texas.
Scattered thunderstorms are ongoing across the area this evening with over 3 inches of rain already reported in parts of the Hill Country and Austin metro. Soaking rain is welcome as drought officially returned to our soil this week, but additional training of heavy rain may trigger additional minor flash flooding. Rain fell at the rate of 3.16″ per hour west of Blanco earlier this morning — a torrential downpour.
Lake levels are still very healthy, as they have been since historic October flooding in the Hill Country.
While soil drought-busting rain is welcome, more storms may turn severe at any time this evening. The atmospheric ingredients are present through at least 6 p.m. today for severe storms to produce any of the following:
- Isolated tornadoes, as reported in Milam County earlier this afternoon. While this threat is present locally, it will remain a larger concern northeast of central Texas
- Large hail the size of quarters or ping pong balls (1″-1.5″ diameter), with isolated very large hail events the size of hen eggs possible (2″ diameter)
- Damaging wind gusts to 70 miles per hour
High-resolution forecast modelsare indicating a severe thunderstorm and tornado threat continue from Austin eastward this evening, dwindling after sundown. The focus then turns to an additional complex of soaking rain and potentially strong storms Sunday morning and midday, potentially affecting race plans at the Statesman Capitol 10K — the largest 10K run in Texas.
Stay weather-aware as you are out and about this weekend with your First Warning Weather app. When lightning threatens, go indoors.