Stormy start to Friday before skies clear at night; sunny, mild weekend ahead

National Weather Service

National Weather Service

Friday forecast in Austin: Central Texas is waking up to lightning and a series of storms rolling through the Austin metro area, but the National Weather Service says conditions won’t be severe. Doppler radar was tracking a strong thunderstorm over Lakeway moving northeast at 60 mph, the service says. Half-inch hail and winds gusting more than 30 mph will be possible.

As of 5:30 a.m., it’s 62 degrees at Camp Mabry in Central Austin but it won’t get much warmer than that, forecasters say. Commuters should take it slow as roadways will become slick from the scattered storms.

Storms chances persist throughout the day Friday under mostly cloudy skies. Northeast winds of 10 to 15 mph will keep temperatures cooler, with temperatures topping out near 67. Rain chances of 30 percent continue at night but skies are expected to clear after 8 p.m. The north winds of 5 to 15 mph with gusts as high as 25 mph in the evening will sweep away most of the humidity, which will send temperatures as low as 45 degrees.

The weekend should be sunny and mild, with temperatures on Saturday peaking around 72 and near 76 on Sunday.

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