High winds, gusts to batter Austin area Tuesday with a little more rain

National Weather Service
National Weather Service

Tuesday forecast for Austin: The overnight rains that soaked the Austin metro area early this morning delivered the biggest rainfall of 2016, at least at Camp Mabry in Central Austin, which saw 1.33 inches, according to the National Weather Service.

Rain gauges monitored by the Lower Colorado River Authority reported rainfall across Central Texas from 1.26 inches at Onion Creek in southeast Travis County to almost 2 inches in Cedar Park.

Morning commuters that use northbound MoPac Boulevard are girding for the worst, as traffic will bottleneck once again from three lanes to two just north of Lady Bird Lake because of construction. A portion of MoPac was briefly closed in Northwest Austin when standing rain water flooded the onramp from U.S. 183. But the rain has ceased for now and all roadways are clear and open.

Tuesday morning on Congress Avenue. (Ralph Barrera / American-Statesman)
Tuesday morning on Congress Avenue. (Ralph Barrera / American-Statesman)

The biggest weather threat Tuesday comes from high winds and gusts. The weather service has issued a wind advisory for the Austin metro area — including Travis, Hays, Williamson and Bastrop counties — from noon to midnight. Winds are expected to kick up to 25 to 35 mph with gusts as high as 45 mph.

A wind advisory is issued when sustained winds of 26 to 39 mph are expected, the weather service said. Winds this strong can make steering difficult for drivers on open highways and tall vehicles, including 18-wheelers and larger SUVs. The weather service also recommends that residents in the affected areas secure loose items in their yards.

A chance of thunderstorms remains in the forecast for Tuesday until 1 p.m., then only showers are likely, the weather service says. Temperatures should peak around 64. At night, rain chances diminish to 40 percent before 7 p.m. but the blustery winds will continue through midnight. The nighttime low drops to around 44.

Sunshine returns in the outlook for Wednesday. Temperatures will top out near 64 as north-northwest wind of 15 to 20 mph include gusts as high as 25 mph. The humidity from all that cloud cover earlier in the week disappears, which will make Wednesday night particularly chilly, with a low around 39.

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