Scattered rain showers are expected to transform into severe weather including possible hail, a tornado and damaging winds from 3-11 p.m. Monday.
With much of Central Texas covered in “enhanced” level four risk, of five threat levels, Austin can expect up to an inch of rain, a possible long-track tornado and large hail of up to two inches in diameter, according to the Storm Prediction Center.
The last time Austin reached a level 4 risk was in May 2015.
Not many changes to the latest outlook from @NWSSPC. Morning showers are still expected to continue before strong to severe thunderstorms this afternoon. pic.twitter.com/DBl0AqJIK7
— NWS Austin/San Antonio (@NWSSanAntonio) March 21, 2022
Light rain is expected throughout the early afternoon before a brief hiatus as storms open up around 3 p.m, moving from West to East Austin. The most severe storms are expected from 4-6 p.m., during rush hour traffic.
By 11 p.m., the extreme weather is expected to subside, though additional rain could come through until Tuesday morning. The most likely threat will be large hail, but be prepared for weather alerts warning of damaging wind and tornadoes.
Parents of school-aged kids might want to check in with their child's school as some, including Lake Travis ISD and Del Valle ISD, are having early release on Monday. Meanwhile, Austin ISD has canceled after school activities.
This story was updated at 12:18 p.m. to include the new weather threat level is at 4, up from 3 this morning.
Austin police are investigating the killing of Moriah "Mo" Wilson after she was found with gunshot wounds inside an Austin home.
Wilson, a gravel and mountain bike racer, was visiting Austin from Colorado in preparation for the Gravel Locos race on Saturday taking place in Hico, a small town 2 hours from Austin.
On Wednesday, her roommate came home and found Wilson unresponsive with "a lot of blood near her,” police said. It is now being investigated as a suspicious death. No further information on the suspect or motive behind the killing are available at this time.
Wilson recently had become a full-time biker after winning a slew of races in the past year.
Some of your favorite Instagram filters can’t be used in Texas anymore and Austinites are sounding off on social media.
Meta, Facebook and Instagram’s parent company, announced on Wednesday that certain filters would no longer be available in Texas.
The change is a result of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s lawsuit against Meta, alleging the company uses facial recognition technology that violates laws in Texas. A release from Meta says it stopped using facial recognition tech in November 2021 and denies Paxton’s allegations.
Some Austinites bemoaned the shift, saying some of their favorite filters were now unavailable.
This was my FAVORITE filter on @instagram and they done removed it cause I’m in Texas ! Like wowwwwww pic.twitter.com/uX60hdIC0Q
— Pinkyy Montana (@inkstar_pinkyy) May 11, 2022
i heard that instagram filters got banned in texas? what the actual fuck y’all better give me my favorite filter back
— lia 🤍 (@liatootrill) May 11, 2022
loved this stupid filter sm i hate texas pic.twitter.com/DXr9mmUc64
— birthday boy jeno 🎂 (@beabtox) May 12, 2022
But more often than not, locals joked about the ban.
Texas women seeing the filter ban on IG pic.twitter.com/yDMcP3Qtsr
— Christian (Anabolic) Flores (@christian_flo24) May 11, 2022
So, the state of Texas has banned filter use on IG? THE END IS NEAR. 😂
— THE FRANCHISE! Франшиза (@NYCFranchise718) May 12, 2022
And some in-between chose to show off some natural beauty.
I live in Texas, but no filter needed. 😉 pic.twitter.com/A6teRgYMKn
— bad and bruja (@starseedmami) May 11, 2022
filter, no filter..texas women still reign supreme.
— 🎍 (@_sixile) May 11, 2022
Finally, some are trying to cash in on the opportunity.
Texas IG users- if you want to filter your picture cashapp me $1.50 $ErvnYng
— Gemini (@ervn_y) May 11, 2022
Meta said it plans to create an opt-in system for both Texas and Illinois residents, who are facing the same issues.