Mid-week storms could be severe, forecasters say

April 15, 2019 - 8:58 am

AUSTIN (Talk1370.com) -- Another round of thunderstorms and possibly severe weather will move through the area late Wednesday.

Clouds will begin to build back in into Tuesday, as Gulf moisture returns into Wednesday. Highs will remain in the low 80s.

The Storm Prediction Center has placed a large portion of the Austin metro under an enhanced risk for severe weather Wednesday afternoon into early Thursday, as another area of low pressure moves in from the north and west. A dry line will push through the area, creating the possibility for strong to severe storms to fire up.

An enhanced risk is the third of five levels of severe potential that the SPC forecasts. The enhanced risk area includes Williamson and Travis Counties, and portions of Hays and Bastrop Counties. The rest of the Austin metro is under a "slight" risk.

The largest threat with these storms will be strong winds and large hail; only about a half inch to an inch of rain is expected for most areas, and the risk for tornadoes is low.

Here's a look at the extended forecast:

TODAY...Mostly cloudy. Highs in the upper 70s. South winds 10 to 15 mph.

TONIGHT...Cloudy. Patchy fog. Patchy drizzle. Lows in the upper 60s. South winds 10 to 15 mph.

WEDNESDAY...Mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs around 80. South winds 10 to 15 mph.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT...Mostly cloudy with showers and thunderstorms likely. Some thunderstorms may be severe. Lows around 60. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent.

THURSDAY...Mostly sunny. Highs in the lower 70s. Northwest winds 10 to 20 mph.

THURSDAY NIGHT THROUGH FRIDAY NIGHT...Clear. Lows in the lower 50s. Highs in the upper 70s.

SATURDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHT...Mostly clear. Highs in the mid 80s. Lows in the lower 60s.

SUNDAY...Mostly sunny in the morning then becoming mostly cloudy. Highs in the lower 80s.

SUNDAY NIGHT...Mostly cloudy. Lows in the mid 60s.

MONDAY...Cloudy. Highs in the lower 80s.

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