AUSTIN (KXAN) — Thanksgiving is here, and the storm system we’ve been tracking all week is already bringing rain into Central Texas, and periods of rain and some thunderstorms are expected to continue through the early morning hours Saturday.


A large low-pressure system is dropping south through the Rockies and will end up over El Paso before turning northeast and moving across Texas Saturday.

A strong storm system will move south through the Rockies towards Texas


Rain is likely to continue, off-and-on from early Thursday morning through Friday, coming to an end around or before sunrise Saturday. 1″-3″ of rain or more may fall in Central Texas, and there is a possibility of some localized flooding in some spots. Runners in the Thundercloud Subs Turkey Trot in Austin Thursday morning should be prepared to run in the rain, though it should be mostly light rain and temperatures will be very mild.

  • Future radar - Thursday at 7 a.m.
  • Future radar - Thursday at 12 p.m.
  • Future radar - Thursday at 7 p.m.

Severe risk

There is a very low risk of strong to severe storms with this event, especially later in the day on Thanksgiving. A marginal risk (1 out of 5) exists for most of our eastern counties Thursday, but the majority of storms are not expected to be severe. Damaging winds or an isolated tornado are possible.

Isolated severe storms possible east of I-35 Thursday afternoon

Rain totals

With this storm detaching from the jet stream and taking longer to move out, our window for rainfall has expanded, as have the forecast rainfall totals.

Rainfall totals may range from 1″ to 3″ or more


High temperatures will reach the 60s to low 70s Thanksgiving afternoon, but become chilly Friday with a breezy north wind and readings in the 50s. 60s return Saturday and temperatures climb back to normal Sunday for the first time in 15 days, with a high of 72 degrees.

Scattered to widespread rain expected through Thanksgiving Day

Stay with the KXAN First Warning Weather team as we continue to iron out the details of the holiday forecast.

Jackets and rain gear will be needed for fans at the Texas-Baylor game Friday