After thunderstorms brought heavy rain to Central Texas last night, the area was issued a flash flood warning this morning.
Issued by the National Weather Service, the warning particularly effects Onion Creek at Hwy 183 and the Colorado River, including in Austin, Llano, Kingsland, Loop 360, Buda, Bastrop, Smithville and La Grange.
Rainfall reached up to 4 inches overnight in Austin with areas south of Austin seeing 3-10 inches of rain.
Measured rainfall amounts that have come in so far this morning. Big thanks to all of the observers who have sent in rainfall reports to us via @CoCoRaHS or other means. pic.twitter.com/CBCFsF7cnk
— NWS Austin/San Antonio (@NWSSanAntonio) October 14, 2021
The stormy weather will push eastward this morning and will move out of the Austin area by noon.
Some area schools delayed class start times, including some bus routes for Del Valle ISD and a two-hour delayed start for Hays CISD, among others south of Austin.
The final rain of a wet week will subside by tonight, according to NWS, bringing sunny skies for the weekend. Temperatures will also drop this weekend to the 50s on Friday night with highs in the 70s through Monday.
Sunday's severe weather threat is over for Austin but the next week is going to get thunderous—literally.
ACL festival-goers were largely spared from rainy weather but it looks like it will finally catch up on the city. Clouds are expected to take over the sky for a 40% chance of rain as evening closes in on Monday, with thunderstorms developing after midnight.
The remnants of what is currently Tropical Storm Pamela in the Pacific are forecast to move across the area Wed-Thu. This will bring a high chance for showers and storms to the region. There is an increasing concern for heavy rainfall that could lead to flooding. Stay tuned! pic.twitter.com/p5NXsYkhdP
— NWS Austin/San Antonio (@NWSSanAntonio) October 11, 2021
Though it looks like it will be a wet week, temperatures are dropping to pleasant levels, remaining 90 degrees or cooler before a slight cold front hits on Saturday.
Tuesday is expected to bring scattered thunderstorms and cloudy skies all day with the chance of rain hovering between a 39-50% throughout the day.
Wednesday is expected to see a morning of on-and-off rain, clouds and sunshine though the chance of rain will increase to 70% in the evening, bringing potential for more severe storms.
Wednesday's rain seems like it will carry over into Thursday, which is expected to stay rainy into the afternoon.
The chance of rain tapers off around Friday with less than 25% rain all day. The next day, temperatures aren't expected to rise above 75 degrees and could drop down as low as 50 degrees.
Get out those sweaters!
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A storm is brewing in Austin, and it's just in time for the biggest outdoor event of the year.
But don't let it rain on your parade: with the right preparation and a little bit of good luck, Austin City Limits can bring the party rain or shine as the first ACL weekend since 2019 kicks off on Friday.
After a dry start to the day chances of showers and storms will increase late this afternoon- tonight. Heavy rainfall & some strong to severe storms are possible across the Rio Grande Plains & Edwards Plateau late today into tomorrow.— NWS Austin/San Antonio (@NWSSanAntonio) September 30, 2021
Stormy weather continues through Saturday. pic.twitter.com/2eilLISiCh
In order to make the most of the weekendlong music fest, you first need to know what you're up against.
It's no guarantee that it will rain all through your favorite's concert, but the area will see up to 1.5 inches of rain from Thursday night to Friday evening, according to the National Weather Service Austin/San Antonio. More rainfall is expected from Friday to Saturday.
According to The Weather Channel, Austin will see a 60% chance of rain during the day Friday and just under a 50% chance that night. A near 50% chance of rainfall carries into Saturday, with showers expected in the morning and scattered thunderstorms coming as the day continues. Heavy rainfall could occur either weekend.
These October showers could impact the Austin area in multiple ways, including minor flooding, plenty of mud and, thankfully, some appropriate early fall temperatures.
The National Weather Service predicts that much of Central and South Texas could see higher river flows and minor flooding over the weekend, though only the most sensitive creeks and streams of the Colorado River will be affected. Austin is predicted to see around two inches in the next few days.
Mudfest Round 2?
History lesson:— Festival Saviors (@sxsaviors) September 28, 2021
ACL 2009 was known as Mudfest. This was after only 0.68in of rain fell on Zilker
This year we have two rainy days leading up to ACL + two more during the fest.
Will history repeat?
Photo cred Statesman - https://t.co/1baU326sqZ pic.twitter.com/RzPXjZlwt3
With plenty of rainfall and plenty of footsteps to muss up the ground, ACL goers have a new enemy: mud.
No matter how well they go with your outfit, it may be time to consider scrapping your Louboutins for some rain boots, or at the very least, some form of thicker closed-toe shoes. Think stability, water protection, and warmth- there's no reason to watch George Strait with soggy socks and cold toes.
Another good move would be wearing a rain jacket, which admittedly will alter your well-planned weekend outfit. For the best of both worlds, consider opting for a clear poncho that won't be too hot and keeps your fashionable taste in view.
Finally, it's key to bring something to protect your belongings. A waterlogged phone could ruin even the best of concerts, so look for waterproof fanny packs, waterproof phone pouches or, at the very least, Ziploc baggies and trash bags to keep your belongings safe. Remember, ACL requires all bags larger than fanny packs to be clear, and backpacks and drawstring bags are prohibited. Here's the full bag policy.
A silver lining
Big fan of Greta Van Fleet? Lucky for you, Sunday will be unmarred by the weekend's storms. Expect a mix of sunny and cloudy skies and a high of 88 degrees to close out Weekend One.
With storms bringing a cool front to balmy Texas, the storms will keep extreme heat at bay all weekend—in fact, Sunday will be the warmest day of all. Highs for both Friday and Saturday will reach around 85 degrees, with lows in the mid-to high 60s all weekend long.
Concertgoers will have a bit more leeway in outfit choices thanks to the weekend's relatively moderate temperatures—while shorts and a flowy top are still perhaps most comfortable, a breathable layer or two may not be unwelcome as well.
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Expect some whiplash this week, Austinites: with an expected high of 103 degrees, Monday is predicted to be the hottest day of the year, but a midweek cold front is on the way to bring that first glimpse of fall.
Austin-Bergstrom International Airport could see its first 100-degree temperature this year on Monday as temperatures citywide are expected to exceed this year's record of 102 degrees.
The cold front arrives Tuesday afternoon to evening.#atx #atxwx #cbsaustinwx https://t.co/rQni6ug3y4 pic.twitter.com/PoFeHPYtnM
— Chikage Windler WX (@ChikageWeather) September 20, 2021
After a typical summery Tuesday with highs in the mid-90s, Wednesday will welcome the first signs of fall as a cold front drops lows into the 50s.
Expect more wind and a chance of rain come Tuesday with a 40% chance of scattered storms. The cold front, which should last through Friday, will bring drier, crisper air that could cause fire hazards on Wednesday.
Highs will be in the upper 80s and lows in the 50s and lower 60s for the front's final two mornings.
After near record heat today, a cold front arrives tomorrow! Hang in there South-Central Texas, we have almost made it. pic.twitter.com/yd9UbNo7hY
— NWS Austin/San Antonio (@NWSSanAntonio) September 20, 2021
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