Storms likely late Friday; ditch T-shirts for thick hoodies during chilly SXSW weekend

National Weather Service
National Weather Service

Friday forecast for Austin: A strong cold front that’s expected to arrive in Central Texas late Friday afternoon will generate strong, possibly severe, thunderstorms that could last into early Saturday morning, the National Weather Service says. The storms could produce damaging winds and large hail in some locations. The threat of locally heavy rainfall of 1 to 3 inches remains a possibility as the storms may form a line in their approach to Interstate 35 corridor, moving east. The highest chances of storms will be from 5 p.m. Friday until 1 a.m. Saturday, the weather service says.

In the meantime, it’s a muggy and unseasonably warm Friday morning, with temperatures already hitting 70 at Camp Mabry as of 5 a.m.

The weather service recommends that morning commuters take it slow and use low beam headlights Friday morning because of the patchy fog and drizzle that’s plaguing Central Texas. Visibility will be limited to around 1 to 3 miles, but a few locations may see visibility reduced to less than 1 mile. Foggy conditions should continue through at least 10 a.m., the weather service says.

National Weather Service
National Weather Service

The rest of Friday should see a slight chance of showers until 1 p.m. But then the chance of storms ramps up as the high temperature reaches near 79. The strong storms and possibly severe weather Friday night will kick in as the cold front moves into the Austin metro area, bringing a shift in winds of 5 to 15 mph with gusts as high as 25 mph.

The heavy rain is likely to subside by early Saturday, as the day becomes mostly sunny, but the passage of the cold front will plunge daily high temperatures to near 63, the weather service says. Blustery winds continue with northerly breezes of 15 to 20 mph and gusts as high as 30 mph. With the Gulf moisture and humidity swept away by the front, the dry air at night will be much chillier as the evening low sinks to a wintry 43. Sunday’s outlook calls for sunshine with a high near 65 and a nighttime low around 42, the weather service says.

By Monday, Austin should start to heat up with a high near 70 and sunny skies. South winds return to Central Texas, which should bring additional humidity at night and keep evening temperatures warmer than they were over the weekend: the nighttime low is expected to be near 52.

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