Strong storms packing hail and high winds push quickly through metro area

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Severe thunderstorms packing golf ball-sized hail and gusty winds pushed southeast out of Lampasas County on Friday afternoon and raced across parts of the Austin metro area.

The storms continued to produce hail ranging from 1/4-inch in diameter to golf ball size as they moved down US-183 into North Austin, then into Bastrop and Fayette counties.

By sunset, the storms had all moved east of the KXAN viewing area. A beautiful weekend is forecast behind a weak Friday night cold front.

As the storms moved through North Austin, fans were briefly evacuated from the Mike Myers Stadium during the Texas Relays around 4:30 p.m.

Students attending schools in the West Independent School District went home early Friday due to the threat for severe weather. The district said their “temporary facilities cannot withstand Texas’ wind storms.”

Mostly sunny skies and highs in the upper 70s are forecast Saturday and Sunday.

The early mornings will be a little cooler, with lows in the 40s to low 50s. High temperatures will return to the 80s by Monday.

A chance of showers will return Tuesday, with a possibility of thunderstorms by Wednesday. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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