WEATHER UPDATE: Weather advisory for Travis, Williamson counties expires

10:22 p.m. update: A bridge in Old Spicewood Springs has flooded over, Austin police said.

APD has advised that  bridge located between 5200 and 5300 Old Spicewood Springs Road be avoided as the water is “fast moving.” 

10:10 p.m. update: The significant weather advisory for Williamson and Travis counties have expired, the National Weather Service said. 

9:15 p.m. update: The National Weather Service has issued a significant weather advisory for Williamson and northeastern Travis counties until 10 p.m. 

Dime-sized hail and 40 mph wind gusts will be possible in these areas, the service said. 

Some areas that might be affected include Austin, Round Rock, Cedar Park, Georgetown, Pflugerville, Hutto and Manor, the service said. 

3 inches of rain have been reported in Mason 

Almost 700 people are experiencing outages in the Austin area, with more than 200 of them in Wells Branch, according to Austin Energy’s outage portal. 

8:55 p.m. update: More than 300 people are experiencing outages in South Austin, according to Austin Energy’s outage portal. 

About 238 customers in the Sunset Valley area are without power, according to Austin Energy. Other people were experiencing outages near William Cannon Drive east of Interstate 35 and near St. Edward’s University. 

Storms continue hit the western Hill Country area, the weather radar shows. Another storm system is moving northeast along the Interstate 35 corridor from New Braunfels to the Austin area. 

More than 2 inches of rain have fallen in the Southwest Austin area in the last two hours, according to the city of Austin’s Hydromet. Rain gauges have recorded 2.16 inches at Kincheon Branch at William Cannon Drive, 2 inches at Williamson Creek and Emerald Drive, and 1.84 in Seminary Ridge. 

8:25 p.m. update: The National Weather Service says dime-sized hail and wind gusts of up to 50 mph will be possible in parts of Travis and Hays counties till 9 p.m. Monday. 

Some of the possibly affected areas include Austin, Buda, Lakeway, Bee Cave, West Lake Hills, Rollingwood, Onion Creek, Hays and Manchaca, the service said. 

Rain gauges at Onion Creek in Buda have recorded 1.46 inches of rainfall in the last two hours, according to the Lower Colorado River Authority’s Hydromet. Downpours of 1 to 2 inches are possible tonight in the Hill Country west of Interstate 35, the service said. 

“Torrential rainfall” and cloud-to-ground lightning strikes will also be possible with storms moving through the area, it said.  

8 p.m. update: The National Weather Service has issued a flood advisory for parts of Travis and Hays counties until 9 p.m. Monday. 

Heavy rain due to thunderstorms is expected to cause minor flooding in south central Travis County and east central Hays County, the weather service said. Some locations that might experience flooding include Austin, Kyle, Buda, West Lake Hills, Rollingwood, Mustang Ridge, Onion Creek, Driftwood,Manchaca, Hays, San Marcos and New Braunfels.

 “Excessive runoff from heavy rainfall will cause flooding of small  creeks and streams, urban areas, highways, streets, and underpasses  as well as other drainage areas and low lying spots,” the weather service said. 

The weather service reminded drivers to “turn around, don’t drown when encountering flooded roads.”

Earlier: Monday forecast for Austin: Monday will see another shot at storms across the Austin area as temperatures remain in the upper 80s, the National Weather Service says.

The weather service’s outlook calls for a 50 percent chance of rain across much of the Hill Country during the day, while odds for rain in the heart of the metro area are slightly lower, at about 40 percent.

The storm chances persist — but decline — throughout the week, as seasonal heat slowly returns. Temperatures are expected to reach the mid- to upper 90s once again by Thursday and Friday. 

“It’s not like it’s going to rain all week, but there will be showers and thunderstorms each day,” said Todd Fogarty, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. “I don’t think most people are going to get wet, but (rain is) still going to be out there.” 

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The rain chances are being fueled by the humid air and the cold front that swept through Austin on Saturday, knocking temperatures down from the 100-degree readings on Friday into the mid-80s. 

Here’s a summary of the weather service’s five-day forecast:

  • Monday: A high of 90 with a 40 percent chance for rain and storms in the city, with a 50 percent chance in the Hill Country. Storm chances drop to 20 percent at night, with lows in the low 70s. 
  • Tuesday: Highs near 90 with another 40 percent chance at storms. Lows will once again drop into the low 70s.
  • Wednesday: The warm-up begins as temperatures push in into the low-to-mid 90s and storm chances decrease to about 30 percent. 
  • Thursday and Friday: High temperatures are expected to return to more seasonal readings of 95 and 96 degrees, with a 20 to 30 percent chance at scattered storms.  

“It’s gonna start to feel like summer again,” Fogarty said. 

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