AUSTIN (KXAN) — The weather was quiet during the overnight hours. Mason and San Saba Counties were under a Severe Thunderstorm Watch until 6 a.m. but there were no reports of any severe weather. Though thunderstorms did move over parts of these counties it was just lightning that was detected. Rain was scarce with most totals of a few hundredths of an inch up to .15″ at a gauge near Richland Springs.

Rain is still forecast the rest of the morning but the chance has dropped to just 20%. A cold front moving across Central Texas will drive the rain out by no later than the early afternoon.

Gusty south winds have howled across the area during the overnight hours with some gusts between 20 and 25 mph. Gusty west winds will be noted this afternoon drying out the air. The warming wind will send today’s highs soaring to the middle to upper 80s with very low humidity.

Strong west winds will help result in highs in the low to mid 80s today

A bright and warm weekend is ahead for all of the area. Highs will be in the upper 70s to low 80s both days. Saturday will be sunny. Sunday will start out partly cloudy but end mostly sunny.

Low rain chances will be in the Monday to Wednesday forecast with an increasing chance of showers and thunderstorms Thursday. Highs will average the middle 70s Monday to Wednesday before warming into the low to mid 80s Thursday.

The Climate Prediction Center’s updated second-week forecast (March 31st to April 6th) gives a glimmer of hope of getting the rain so needed.

Hoping this forecast verifies

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