Watch out for wetness. There’s a 60 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms in the Austin metro area Friday, and precipitation will continue into the weekend, according to forecasters. Some event organizers began announcing cancellations and closures for the weekend as early as Friday morning.
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Budafest has been cancelled due to the expected rainy weather over the weekend, according to the City of Buda. This event will not be rescheduled. Although Budafest is cancelled, the carnival is still happening at City Park. It will run Friday until 9 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday, the carnival will be open from 9 a.m.-9 p.m., weather permitting.
During severe weather, the safest thing to do is avoid the roads. But if you must drive, the city of Austin offers several safety tips.
About 75% of flood-related deaths in Texas occur in vehicles. At night, during heavy storms, it may be difficult to see that a road is flooded. Survivors have told us that they did not even see water on the road until their vehicle stalled in it.
Friday forecast for Austin: For the second time in three days, severe weather will roll through the Austin metro area on Friday, possibly delivering large hail and damaging winds, the National Weather Service says.
Levitation Fest has already been grounded because of the threat of severe weather; organizers on Thursday cited safety concerns and the predicted severity of the storms as reasons for canceling the outdoor shows at Carson Creek Ranch, which had been scheduled for Friday through Sunday.
Forecasters say threats include hail as large as 2 inches wide and winds with gusts of up 70 mph, and they aren’t ruling out the possibility of a weak isolated tornado. Rain is expected to be limited to about an inch in the urban areas of Austin, but some areas east of Interstate 35 and the metro area could see up to 3 inches of rain, with some isolated spots farther east getting as much as 5 inches through Saturday.
Friday’s thunderstorms could develop as early as 2 p.m. but become more severe as heat increases and temperatures climb into the 80s (It was already 75 degrees at Camp Mabry as of 5 a.m.). The most severe storms could come during the afternoon rush hour, when daily temperatures hit their peak, forecasters say.
The storms will continue into Saturday morning, but may subside by 8 a.m. Sunshine is expected to peek through the clouds later in the day as southeast winds shift to become northeast breezes in the afternoon, the weather service says. A 30 percent chance of rain will remain at night as the evening low slips to 65 degrees.
On Sunday, rain chances will linger at 20 to 30 percent, but sunshine will make a comeback as temperatures peak around 82 degrees. Clouds and the chances for storms will increase Sunday night after 8 p.m.
Yet another round of heavy rain and thunderstorms will arrive on Monday as a strong cold front rolls through the Austin metro area. The cold front will send temperatures to below-normal levels with the thermometer readings peaking no higher than 73. The north winds will erase the heat-trapping humidity and send the nighttime low to a much cooler 59 degrees.
Tuesday’s outlook calls for a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 8 a.m., but skies will turn mostly sunny later in the day, with a high near 76, the weather service says.
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The Texas Exes Austin Chapter’s Crawfish Boil & Baseball Tailgate has been canceled. It may be rescheduled for a later date, but for now, guests who purchased tickets to the event should expect a full refund within the next 7 business days.
The Round Rock Express game against the Iowa Cubs at Dell Diamond has been postponed and be made up as part of a doubleheader with the date to be determined. Fans can exchange today’s ticket for any future home game this season, according to a team press release.
Monday, April 18
Due to the threat of heavy rain and severe weather Monday, the Hays CISD Education Foundation has postponed the 14th Annual Golf Tournament until Monday, May 2. The tournament will still be held at Plum Creek Golf Course in Kyle with registration beginning at 7:30 am and an 8:30 am shotgun start.
The Austin and Del Valle school districts will have two hours delays on Monday, according to releases from the districts. That means buses, offices and class times will be pushed back two hours
Tuesday, April 19
Due to inclement weather conditions causing widespread flooding, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center has canceled tomorrow’s Making Cancer History seminar in Austin. Notification of the new date will be distributed as soon as that information is available.
Roughly 60 low-water crossings in the Austin metro area have been closed, mostly in rural parts of Williamson, Hays, Caldwell and Bastrop counties.
Public-safety officials are urging drivers to be cautious around the crossings. The number of closures has fluctuated a bit during the day but stood at 61 at 10:30 a.m. The atxfloods.com web site lists the closures. The number has been dropping through the morning, but with more rain on the way and the soil already saturated, the number could rise again.
Driving around barricades at low-water crossings is illegal.