Severe risk, flood concerns Saturday evening

AUSTIN (KXAN) — An active day of weather ahead with scattered to widespread heavy rain and thunderstorms expected by evening.

Cloudy skies with scattered pockets of light rain, drizzle, mist and fog are likely through the morning and early afternoon. Temperatures will run much cooler today with most of us not likely to get too far past the low 70s.

As the evening approaches, widespread rain and thunderstorms will begin in the Hill Country then spread across the Austin-metro and eastern communities by early evening and night.

<em>High-resolution models point to widespread heavy rain / storms by Saturday evening</em>
High-resolution models point to widespread heavy rain / storms by Saturday evening
<em>Low risk of severe storms late day Saturday</em>
Low risk of severe storms late day Saturday

A low risk of severe storms exists for all counties this evening/night. Threats include large hail and damaging winds, with a very low-end tornado threat.

Rainfall projections have come down with most areas getting anywhere from 0.25″-1.5″, but localized 2-3″ amounts will be possible in spots. A localized flash flood threat continues on Saturday, but most of the rain should be beneficial and not troublesome. Just be careful travelling tonight and watch for roads covered in water. Remember, “turn around, don’t drown!”

Sunday is trending mainly dry under a mostly to partly cloudy sky. The passage of the cold front will make for a much cooler and breezy day with highs only in the 60s. Some late day sun is possible, but clouds will dominate.

Temperatures next week warm back to the 80s with another chance of rain by Friday.

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