Most dry out for the holiday weekend

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A low pressure system off the coast of South Texas may spin a stray thunderstorm our way late Sunday before a hot, dry Labor Day.

Rain chances will be very slim Sunday afternoon at just 1 in 10. But as we’ve seen Friday and again Saturday, any of these slow-moving storms may contain heavy rainfall and dangerous lightning.

A slow-moving cell west of Fredericksburg prompted a flash flood warning for western Gillespie County Saturday evening. LCRA rain gauges in the area reported up to 1.66″ of rain in a short period of time. The local Sheriff reported 1.5 feet of water flowing over RR 783 between Harper and Doss. That warning expired some time ago, and concerns of remnant flooding overnight are minimal.

Following what is forecast to be a hot, rain-free Labor Day, we are keeping a close eye on a tropical disturbance in the Caribbean Sea. The National Hurricane Center labels the system with a 40% chance of strengthening into a tropical depression during the next 5 days. Whether or not this turns into an official tropical system, this disturbance is forecast to impact northern Mexico and South Texas next work week. Most of the rain should remain south of Central Texas, but we can expect increased clouds and scattered downpours locally.

There is still a lot of summer heat to come, so we encourage you to remember our neighbors who cannot afford air conditioning. You can help them by donating a fan or funds to the KXAN Family Eldercare Summer Fan Drive. Click here to make an online donation. Just $15 will buy a box fan for a needy senior or family with small children. If you know someone in need of assistance, call 512-459-4FAN.

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