Chance of severe storms tonight as low-pressure system rolls in


Austin, and particularly the area stretching for several counties east of Interstate 35, are probably in for thunderstorms tonight, with high winds and large hail possible, according to the National Weather Service.

A low-pressure system moving in from the west will probably collide tonight with a stew of other meteorological phenomena in the Austin area, including moist air, with those storms resulting, Weather Service meteorologist Steve Smart said. Some of the storms could be severe — winds of 58 miles-per-hour or more; hail the diameter of a quarter; and the possibility, if slight, of tornadoes.

Expect one to three inches of rain as well, with as much of five inches possibly falling over pockets of the area. That means there is a slight chance of flooding, according to the Weather Service.

A front that rolled through the Austin area yesterday dropped a little rain last night and this morning, but gave way to sunny midafternoon weather that should give way some time in the evening to the incoming storms. The thunderstorms could last through the end of the week, according to the Weather Service.

Smart said people in the Austin area should “continue to monitor the situation closely … everyone has a responsibility to keep themselves safe, and staying informed is a big part of that.”

The Weather Service web site and Twitter feed provide updates, as does the Statesman weather app, which can be downloaded for Android or iPhone. Those who want to submit weather reports by tweeting directly to the Weather Service or use the hashtag #eWXspotter.

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