MA­JOR SPRING STORM IN FORE­CAST FOR AREA

Line of storms ex­pected to sweep through area start­ing Tues­day night.

Austin American-Statesman - - FRONT PAGE - By Mark Wil­son md­wil­son@states­man.com Weather

A line of storms ex­pected to sweep across Cen­tral Texas Tues­day night into Wed­nes­day morn­ing could bring large hail, heavy down­pours and iso­lated tor­na­does to the Austin metro area.

Fore­casts from the Na­tional Weather Ser­vice call for a 20 per­cent chance of show­ers in Austin dur­ing the day, with the rain begin­ning with­out much pomp and cir­cum­stance about 2 p.m.

The real threat will come later, fore­cast­ers said.

The best chances for some dodgy weather will ar­rive in the wee hours of Wed­nes­day morn­ing, weather ser­vice me­te­o­rol­o­gist Yvette Be­na­vides said. The main threat won’t exit the area un­til late Wed­nes­day morn­ing or early in the af­ter­noon, so com­muters should get ready for a stormy morn­ing.

This sys­tem of un­sta­ble air ahead of a Pa­cific cold front is ex­pected to be a slow-mover, ca­pa­ble of pro­duc­ing scat­tered twis­ters and rain­fall to­tals of 1 to 3 inches, the weather ser­vice said.

Austin “is gen­er­ally go­ing to be pretty much right in the mid­dle of where that is go­ing to be pass­ing through,” Be­na­vides said.

Ac­cord­ing to the Lower Colorado River Author­ity, most of Travis County has seen well un­der a quar­ter of an inch of rain over the past two weeks. Austin’s rain­fall for all of March so far is only 1.75 inches, or about an inch shy of nor­mal, weather ser­vice data show.

Still, show­ers over the next two days could spark some lo­cal­ized flood­ing and pos­si­bly close some low wa­ter crossings, Be­na­vides said.

Fore­cast­ers are call­ing for a 30 per­cent chance of show­ers into Wed­nes­day night af­ter the main threat has passed, so roads still could be slick dur­ing the Thurs­day morn­ing com­mute.

Be­na­vides said Cen­tral Texas res­i­dents should stay vig­i­lant over the next 24 hours and keep an eye out for up­dates and alerts from the weather ser­vice.

“Pay at­ten­tion to our warn­ings and watches, and if there does hap­pen to be a tor­nado warn­ing is­sued, stay in in­te­rior rooms of your home and don’t go out­side to check things out,” she said.

On the brighter side, af­ter resid­ual show­ers break apart through Wed­nes­day, fore­cast­ers ex­pect to see sunny skies over Austin

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