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

Storm clouds (Alex Penrose/KXAN)
Storm clouds (Alex Penrose/KXAN)

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.

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