Here’s which weekend events are cancelled due to weather

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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Watch this space as it updates through the weekend. Email closures@statesman.com with information about cancellations not listed here.

  • For the first time in 20 years the Pflugerville Christmas Parade and Pfestival of Lights will not be held due to heavy rains expected to move into the area this weekend.
  • 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.

Turn around, don’t drown: Here’s what to do at a low water crossing

As severe weather pounds Central Texas, keep safety first. Looking for flooded low water crossings in your area? The interactive map at ATXfloods is the place to check for current flood conditions and emergency road closures in the Austin area.

Local law enforcement blocks off the north Dry Creek bridge where a stranded vehicle from the rising flood water in South Austin on early Friday Morning, May 27, 2016. RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL/AMERICAN-STATESMAN
Local law enforcement blocks off the north Dry Creek bridge where a stranded vehicle from the rising flood water in South Austin on early Friday Morning, May 27, 2016.
RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

SEE MORE PHOTOS OF STORMS AND FLOODING IN CENTRAL TEXAS

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.

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Realizing that not all flooded roads will be barricaded, take the following precautions:

  • Avoid low water crossings.
  • Actively look for water over the road.
  • Turn around if a road is barricaded or if water is over the road. Keep in mind that the road may be heavily damaged underneath the flood water.

RELATED: Closures, cancellations, delays following overnight storms

There’s high danger at low water crossings. Find out what to do if you get trapped in your vehicle in flood waters.

RELATED: Flash flood warning for parts of Travis, Hays counties

Severe storms possible during Friday afternoon rush hour in Austin metro area

National Weather Service
National Weather Service

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.

National Weather Service
National Weather Service

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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Smithville, Hays, Wimberley cancel classes; other districts have delayed starts

Early release

Lockhard ISD will release students three hours early on Monday, April 18.

School closures

Del Valle ISD has canceled classes for Monday April 18.

Hays Consolidated Independent School District has canceled classes for Monday, April 18.

Smithville Independent School District has canceled classes for Monday, April 18 due to growing concerns with weather and road conditions.

Thrall ISD has canceled classes for Monday, April 18.

Wimberley Independent School District has canceled classes for Monday, April 18.

School delays

The Austin Independent School District class day will start two hours late on Monday.

Eanes ISD schools will start two hours late on Monday.

Leander ISD schools will start two hours late on Monday.

Manor ISD schools will start two hours late on Monday.

Pflugerville ISD schools will start two hours late on Monday.

KIPP Austin classes will start two hours late on Monday.

Wayside Schools will also have a two-hour delay.

Austin Community College will also delay start times until 10 a.m., according to an ACC press release.

Round Rock and Lake Travis schools will start on time.

The Georgetown school district does not anticipate a delay. But Hutto will have no school, owing to an unused bad weather day in the winter; as always, trust the Hippos to plan ahead.

 

Central Texas weather cancellations, closures, delays for April 15-19

April 17, 2016 - Dark clouds begin to form over the skyline of Austin as waves of rain clouds move through the Central Texas area on Sunday, April 17, 2016. A low pressure weather front sitting over Colorado has forcasts warning of heavy rains throughout the week with possible flooding. RODOLFO GONZALEZ / AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN
Dark clouds begin to form over the skyline of Austin as waves of rain clouds move through the Central Texas area on Sunday, April 17, 2016. A low pressure weather front sitting over Colorado has forecasts warning of heavy rains throughout the week with possible flooding. RODOLFO GONZALEZ / AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Submit your weather-related cancellations and delays to cancellations@statesman.com.

Sunday, April 17

  • 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.
  • Day 2 of the BP MS 150 has been canceled.
  • UT’s baseball game against Kansas has been moved to a Friday double-header on April 15.
  • Willie Nelson’s show at Whitewater Amphitheater has been canceled. Ticketholders will receive an email with refund instructions.
  • The last day of Austin Reggae Fest, the largest single fundraiser of the year for Capital Area Food Bank of Texas, has been canceled.
  • 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.

Be careful at low-water crossings, some of which are closed

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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.