Rain chances highly likely in Austin through most of Wednesday


10:30 p.m. update: The chance for rain is all but guaranteed in Austin through most of Wednesday, according to National Weather Service data.

Beginning at midnight, there is a 90 percent chance of rain in Austin, and that number rises to 100 percent at 6 a.m. 

That 100 percent chance of rain continues until 6 p.m. Wednesday, so Austinites should prepare for rainy commutes during morning and evening rush hours.

9:20 p.m. update: Scattered showers are beginning to appear in South and East Austin as well as in Williamson and Bastrop counties.

Watch the storm’s movement on the American-Statesman’s weather radar.

8:10 p.m. update: Scattered showers are beginning to pop up in Williamson County as a band of storms rolls through the Hill Country farther west. 

There is currently a 50 percent chance of rain in Austin, which rises to a 90 percent chance starting at midnight. 

The chance for rain in Austin rises to 100 percent at 6 a.m. Wednesday. That guaranteed forecast for rain lasts through most of Wednesday.

Earlier: Tuesday forecast for Austin: Grab a jacket and an umbrella and get ready for a wet and windy Tuesday as a much-anticipated cold front finally moves through the Austin area, bringing the city its first taste of winter weather. 

Tuesday morning temperatures are a good 15 degrees cooler than yesterday morning around the same time thanks to the cooler air that is sinking in behind the front. As of about 6 a.m. at Camp Mabry, it was only 56 degrees, which is about as warm as it’s going to get with the daytime high temperature only expected to hit 57, the National Weather Service says. 

That’s almost 30 degrees cooler than Monday’s high of 85 degrees at Camp Mabry, which set a new daily record.

It’s been a warm year so far: Austin’s average year-to-date high temperature of 84.8 degrees for 2017 is nearly 4 degrees above normal and is just 1 degree shy of the warmest average for this time of year, set in 2011 during Austin’s most recent drought. 

Meanwhile, lows at night are expected to dip into the upper 30s. The rain is expected to clear out for a bit this evening only to return on Wednesday, said Nick Hampshire, a weather service meteorologist. 

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Wednesday will be even cooler, with high temperatures stuck in the low 40s in the city and will be even lower in the outlying areas. The mix of cold air aloft and expected rain means there could be a slim chance for some snow in Travis County’s highest elevations Wednesday evening. 

“Temperatures are expected to be above freezing so I’m not really expecting any accumulation,” Hampshire added. 

The rain is expected to clear out by Thursday evening, leaving behind clear skies and more seasonably cool temperatures in the 60s for the weekend as lows remain in the 40s.

The extended forecast:

  • Tuesday: Blustery winds and scattered rain with a high of 57 degrees, low of 38.
  • Wednesday: More rain with a high of 41 and a low of 36.
  • Thursday: Cloudy, with a high of 53 degrees as the rain tapers off, low of 35.
  • Friday: Sunny, high of 59 degrees with a low of 37.
  • Saturday: More sun with a high of 64 and a low of 38.
  • Sunday: Sunny with a high near 67; clear at night with a low around 40.

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