As rain ends, cool weather to in­vade

San Antonio Express-News - - METRO - By Ja­cob Bel­tran

A weather sys­tem that brought wide­spread show­ers and iso­lated thun­der­storms to the area Fri­day cleared the way for chilly tem­per­a­tures through the com­ing week.

Na­tional Weather Ser­vice me­te­o­rol­o­gist Aaron Tread­way said a flash flood watch is in place un­til noon to­day for Bexar and the sur­round­ing coun­ties as rain con­tin­ues this morn­ing.

When the down­pours stop, high tem­per­a­tures are forecast to top out in the low 50s in the af­ter­noon.

“It’s go­ing to be a chilly day,” Tread­way said. “We're go­ing to have a pretty gusty north wind through the day that’s go­ing to make temps ... feel in the up­per 40s.”

As of 6 p.m. Fri­day, the of­fi­cial rain­fall to­tal recorded 1.1 inches at San An­to­nio In­ter­na­tional Air­port with still more show­ers ex­pected through the night. Tread­way said the del­uge could break the record rain­fall to­tal of 1.45 inches for Dec. 7 set back in 1960.

He noted that a to­tal of 2½ inches of rain­fall had al­ready been re­ported in the Do­min­ion area and around New Braun­fels.

By Fri­day evening, Bexar County of­fi­cials had closed 28 roads be­cause of flood­ing, with the bulk of the bar­ri­cades go­ing up in north­ern half of the area.

Me­te­o­rol­o­gists urged driv­ers ap­proach­ing low-wa­ter cross­ings or stand­ing wa­ter to re­mem­ber the life-sav­ing phrase: “Turn around, don’t drown.”

Heavy rains ac­cu­mu­lated the most in Austin, San Mar­cos and parts of New Braun­fels with a to­tal of 3 to 3½ inches over 48 hours as of Fri­day, me­te­o­rol­o­gists said.

“We’ve seen some mi­nor street flood­ing in New Braun­fels and Austin,” Tread­way said.

Low tem­per­a­tures in the midto up­per 30 de­grees with highs in the mid-50s are forecast for Sun­day through Tues­day.

“We do have sunshine re­turn­ing Sun­day af­ter­noon into Mon­day, but it is go­ing to re­main rel­a­tively chilly,” he said.

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