AUSTIN (KXAN) — A series of weak upper level disturbances are tracking across Texas today and tomorrow, producing isolated showers over the final two days of February.
Warmer weather today and tomorrow, with highs returning to the 80s, will likely cement this February as the warmest ever recorded in Austin. A Wednesday morning cold front will return temperatures to more seasonal levels Wednesday through Satruday, as highs remain mostly in the 60s for the first few days of March.
The next chance for rain will come this weekend, but a lot of uncertainty accompanies this forecast. Hopefully weather will stay dry for the Mighty Texas Dog Walk Saturday morning and the ABC Zilker Kite Festival Sunday. Keep checking back with the First Warning Weather Team for updates.
Central Texas tornado outbreak
The National Weather Service surveyed storm damage from the round of severe weather last week. It was determined that the damage between San Marcos and Kyle was caused by an EF-1 tornado, with winds of 100 mph. Tornado damage was also found in the area of Niederwald and Mustang Ridge. That tornado was rated EF-0, with maximum winds of 85 mph. The damage extending from ABIA to Manor and Elgin was not caused by a tornado, rather by damaging straight-line thunderstorm winds.
The survey team’s preliminary analysis indicated that two tornadoes near Thrall (eastern Williamson County) were EF-2 intensity, with winds of at least 112-188 mph. In addition, straight-line winds of 118-138 mph caused significant damage just north of Thrall.
Taking into account the tornado touchdowns in the San Antonio metro area, there were 9 tornadoes in all on Sunday night.
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