AUSTIN (KXAN) — A weak stationary front lying across Central Texas triggered a few scattered showers and thunderstorms yesterday. Accumulations north of downtown Austin ranged between .25″ and almost 2.0″ of wet weather.
The front will be drawn back northward Wednesday as a low pressure system exiting the Rockies strengthens. This will mean the return of very hot weather, with some locations reaching 100 degrees underneath dry, and sunny skies. However, those much needed, and wanted rain chances are far from over.
The front is forecast to retrace its steps Thursday. It will hit reverse, move back to the south, and eventually cross Central Texas Thursday evening. As it slowly crawls through, the chance for showers and thundestorms will jump. The best chance for heavy rain, will arrive Thursday night into Friday morning. Continuing rain chances along with the arrival of cooler/drier air will occur Friday.
Uncertainty is high on how much rainfall we will see from this system, but the situation will be monitored closely for the potential of isolated flash flooding. Some heavy downpours are likely to produce 1-2 inches of rain or more in a few spots. Stay with KXAN and the First Warning Weather team as the front approaches.
In addition to the rain, relief from the searing summer heat is expected beginning Friday, as high temperatures are forecast to remain below average for several days.
Beyond Friday, computer models disagree about whether we may still see a few scattered showers over the weekend. At this time, our probabilities for rain Saturday and Sunday do not exceed 20 percent.
We will certainly experience more excessive heat this summer, so it is important to remember our neighbors who cannot afford air conditioning. You can help by donating a fan or funds to the KXAN Family Eldercare Summer Fan Drive. Click here to make an online donation, or join KXAN News at “Fans from Fans Night” with the Round Rock Express. 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.