Severe storms possible Tuesday afternoon, evening; sunshine, heat return Wednesday

National Weather Service

National Weather Service

Tuesday forecast for Austin:  Starting Tuesday afternoon and continuing into the evening, scattered thunderstorms, possibly severe, are expected to erupt across Central Texas, the National Weather Service says. The specials on the weather threat menu include: hailstones up to 3 inches wide, damaging winds of 60 mph, and an isolated tornado can’t be ruled out.

Tuesday should start out muggy with patchy drizzle and fog before 7 a.m., the weather service says, before the hail and storms start pelting the Austin metro area in the afternoon.

Weather service meteorologist Larry Hopper said on Monday that average widespread rainfall won’t be more than a half-inch, but some isolated areas could see 1 to 2 inches of rain. In any case, flash flooding isn’t in the forecast, he said.

“Anytime you got more hail in the storms, that ties up a lot of the water,” Hopper said. “The bad thing, of course, is you get a lot more damage from the hail.”

Once the storms pass, Wednesday’s outlook calls for sunshine and summer-like heat as temperatures climb to around 90.

Clouds will return on Thursday, increasing rain chances from 20 percent in the daytime to about 40 percent at night. By Friday, the weather service says, rain chances will rise to 50 percent as another storm system approaches the Austin metro area.

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