AUSTIN (KXAN) — A powerful spring storm spawned nearly 100 reports of large hail and at least one tornado from North Texas through the Plains states late yesterday. Severe thunderstorms briefly clipped Williamson and Milam counties early Monday morning, but no significant damage was reported and Austin was spared completely. A KXAN viewer reported hail roughly the size of a quarter in Florence overnight.
Morning clouds are gradually clearing as a dry, northwest breeze blows into the area. Look for morning clouds and afternoon sun today and again tomorrow, with warm afternoons in the middle and upper 80s.
The next in this ongoing series of storms arrives late Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. This one is projected to take a path farther south than last night’s storm, meaning a greater risk of severe storms locally. Rain and thunderstorms appear most likely Wednesday morning, with a risk of hail, damaging wind, and isolated tornadoes. Stay tuned as we fine-tune this forecast.
Warm, dry days and cool, clear nights return late Wednesday through Friday before another potent storm system takes shape near Texas this weekend. A preliminary look at that storm shows another risk of heavy rain and severe storms.