Wednesday forecast for Austin: This would probably be a good day to take up Austin Mayor Steve Adler’s suggestion to work from home today or delay your normal morning commute. Overnight storms continue to soak the Austin metro area as of 5:30 a.m., but Doppler radar indicates that this latest system of storms is quickly moving east, away from the Interstate 35 corridor.
Nevertheless, the overnight storms have left many Central Texas roadways and city streets slick with rain, so authorities are advising morning drivers to take it slower this morning and plan accordingly.
According to the National Weather Service, showers and thunderstorms remain likely, but mainly before 7 a.m. The rest of Wednesday should continue to be mostly cloudy, with temperatures climbing to near 87 degrees.
Rain gauges monitored by the Lower Colorado River Authority show at least a half-inch of rain has fallen overnight in many parts of the Austin metro area. In the past 12 hours, as of 5:30 a.m.:
- 0.76 inch of rain has fallen at Barton Creek at Texas 71 near Oak Hill
- 0.73 inch has fallen at Onion Creek near U.S. 183 in southeast Travis County
- 0.64 inch has fallen near Florence in northern Williamson County
- 0.62 inch of rain was measured near Lake Bastrop in central Bastrop County
- 0.53 inch of rain was recorded in eastern Williamson County near Thrall
- 0.53 inch was reported just south of Dripping Springs in Hays County
The outlook for Wednesday night calls for a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms under mostly cloudy skies, the weather service says. The increased cloudiness and humidity will keep temperatures warm in the evening so nighttime temperatures may bottom out around 70.
Rain remains in the forecast for the rest of the work week and into the weekend:
- Thursday’s outlook calls for a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms under mostly cloudy skies, with temperatures rising as high as 86. Rain chances ramp up to 40 percent at night, with stronger storms possible. Winds will become north-northeast after midnight.
- Friday could see a 20 percent chance of rain, the weather service says. Otherwise, expect partly sunny skies and a high temperature near 86. North winds of 5 mph will become south-southwest breezes after midnight.
- The weekend kicks off Saturday with a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms under partly sunny skies and a high near 87. South-southwest wind from Mexico will shift to become southeast winds carrying Gulf moisture in the afternoon. That additional moisture should keep skies mostly cloudy at night and make things more muggy.
- Sunday’s rain chances climb to 40 percent under mostly cloudy skies, with a high near 84. At night, strong storms may appear, especially with a 50 percent chance of rain in the forecast.
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