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Strong storms, heavy rains possible as cold front passes

October 09, 2018 - 8:33 am

AUSTIN (KJCE) -- An approaching cold front will bring a chance for strong to severe storms across much of Central Texas Tuesday afternoon.

The Storm Prediction Center has placed much of Central Texas in a "slight" risk for Tuesday, the second of five levels for severe weather. The cold front is expected to move through the Austin area during the mid-afternoon hours, bringing a risk for heavy rains as well as strong winds and even the possibility of tornadoes.

Some large hail may also be possible with these storms.

The bulk of the storms will be focused along a squall line with the front, although a few storms could develop out ahead of the front.

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The Hill Country has already seen significant rains from Monday, with over 5" of rain falling on the Llano River at Junction. The Llano River crested at 24.33 feet in Llano Monday night, which is its fifth-highest level on record. LCRA has begun floodgate operations on Wirtz and Starcke Dams, and will push that water through the Highland Lakes and into Lake Travis, which is expected to rise 1-3 feet.

Some 1 to 3 inches of rainfall is expected across the area, with isolated totals of up to 5 inches possible as these storms move through.

Drier air will filter in behind the front, until our next rainmaker and cold front approach the area closer to the weekend. That cold front is expected to push temperatures down into the 70s on Sunday.

Stay with Talk 1370 and for the latest on this developing weather situation.

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