MAJOR SPRING STORM IN FORECAST FOR AREA
Line of storms expected to sweep through area starting Tuesday night.
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