Thursday forecast for Austin: More rain will soak Central Texas on Thursday and Friday, but the threat of severe weather is over, according to the National Weather Service. Sunshine returns to full strength this weekend, forecasters say.
Light but steady rainfall in the Austin metro area overnight has already delivered at least a quarter-inch to about a half-inch of rain in many parts of Travis, Hays, Williamson and Bastrop counties. Since midnight, according to rain gauges monitored by the Lower Colorado River Authority (as of 5 a.m.):
- 0.58 inch of rain has fallen in Lakeway
- 0.54 inch has fallen at Barton Creek near Oak Hill
- 0.43 has fallen in Buda along Onion Creek
- 0.35 has fallen in Bastrop
- 0.28 has fallen in Cedar Park
Meanwhile, the outlook for Thursday calls for continued showers and thunderstorms, with a high near 67. North winds of 10 to 20 mph could include gusts as high as 30 mph. At night, rain chances persist as the evening low will slip to around 57, the weather service says.
On Friday, the first day of the South by Southwest Interactive Festival, showers and thunderstorms remain in the forecast. President Obama will be arriving in Austin on Air Force One at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport Friday afternoon under cloudy skies and on a wet runway. By the time the president flies out of Austin around 8 p.m. Friday night, rain chances would have decreased to about 40 percent, with south-southeast winds becoming calm.
Sunshine will return just in time for the first weekend of South by Southwest. Saturday is expected to be mild under partly sunny skies with a high near 75. Skies clear up completely by the evening, as the nighttime low settles to around 58, the weather service says.
Our weather on Sunday will only tempt more tourists to move here: The forecast calls for sunny skies and a high near 82.