Severe storms possible Saturday night

Severe thunderstorm chances return to the forecast Saturday night as an upper level system and cold front move through the area. The main threats with these storms will be large hail and damaging straight line winds. Tornado and flash flood chances should be minimal. Best chances for severe weather will be northeast of the Austin area, and likely after dark Saturday night.
From the National Weather Service:


…Strong to Severe Storms Possible Saturday Night…

Area of Concern:

Hill Country and along and east of the I-35 corridor.

Threats & Impacts:

Winds:  Damaging straight-line winds in excess of 60 mph possible.

Hail:  Hail 1-2″ in diameter possible.

Rainfall:  1/4 to 1 inch with pockets up to 2 inches

Timing and Overview:

An upper level system and associated surface cold front will bring a chance of storms to portions of South Central Texas Saturday night. A few isolated storms could be possible near and east of I-35 as early as Saturday afternoon. However the best chance of storms will come between 7 PM and 11 PM across the Hill Country and I-35 corridor and 10 PM to 2 AM east of I-35. Some storms will be capable of producing hail and damaging straight-line winds. The Storm Prediction Center has placed portions of the area in a Slight to Enhanced risk for severe storms (see attached graphic).

In addition, frequent cloud to ground lightning will be possible. Due to the progressive nature of this storm system the threat for widespread heavy rainfall is minimal.


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