Cooler-than-normal weather continues across the Austin area, with forecast highs in the upper 50s to near 60, and we're looking at a slight change in the scenery. Moisture is streaming back into the Lone Star State from both the Pacific and the Gulf of Mexico, resulting in more clouds.
Humidity levels will gradually rise again thanks to a return of southerly winds. There might even be a few sprinkles out there after dark -- it's a 20% rain chance tonight.
Our in-house model shows a few hit-or-miss light showers during the day tomorrow. We'll go with an overall 30% rain chance, with Thursday lows in the upper 40s and highs in the low 60s.
Then the weather gets quite active on Friday as a polar cold front and large Pacific disturbance take aim at Texas, bringing a hefty 90% chance for showers & storms to close out the week.
We expect showers to ramp up Thursday night through Friday morning, then models point to a couple waves of moderate to heavy rainfall during the day. A final band of storms is expected to sweep west to east across I-35 late Friday night with some of the heaviest rain of this event.
As of now, we think the chance for severe storms will mostly be along and south of I-10. It'll be a chilly rain here at home, yes, and there might be some flash flooding if heavy storm cells move repeatedly over the same areas. We urge caution when it comes to Friday travel, especially after dark.
A wintry mix of ice and snow could cripple road travel in the Panhandle and across the Red River into Oklahoma -- if you were planning to travel that direction, please be extra careful.
We think the big upper-air disturbance will swirl east by early Saturday and that'll be the last of the precip for our area as it looks now, leaving us with some very cold air for the weekend. We could see a freeze as soon as Sunday night.
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