Storms leave half-inch of rain near Bee Cave, Pflugerville in hour


11:25 a.m. update: According to rain gauges monitored by the Lower Colorado River Authority, almost a half-inch of rain has fallen near Pflugerville and nearly a quarter-inch of rain has fallen near Bee Cave in the past hour alone.

Most of the thunderstorms that brought the additional rainfall Friday morning have broken up as they moved south or moved east to become weaker storms in Bastrop County.

A stalled cold front that was draped across the mid-section of Texas on Friday, from Big Bend to the Louisiana border, set the stage for a mix of cool air from the north and warm, humid air from the Gulf of Mexico. The collision of air masses resulted in significant rain in Central and North Texas.

10:45 a.m. update: A pair of storm cells in two corners of Travis County are producing significant rain in areas around Lake Travis and Pflugerville, Doppler radar shows.

According to rain gauges monitored by the Lower Colorado River Authority, almost 0.2 inch of rain has fallen in the past hour near Lago Vista in northwestern Travis County and in Pflugerville, about 20 miles east.

The storm cells were moving south before drifting east, Doppler radar indicates, but they also appeared to be weakening as they approached Austin.

A stalled cold front is draped across the mid-section of Texas, from Big Bend to the Louisiana border. The mix of cool air from the north and warm, humid air from the Gulf of Mexico is producing significant rain in Central and North Texas.

10:30 a.m. update: A band of thunderstorms moving into the northern half of the Austin metro area has moved into the northeastern corner of Travis County, directly affecting the communities of Pflugerville and Wells Branch, Doppler radar images indicate.

The storms are plunging south into the core of the Austin metro area before drifting eastward. Since 9 a.m., at least a half-inch of rain has fallen in northern Williamson County, according to rain gauges monitored by the Lower Colorado River Authority.

Although most of Travis County remains dry so far Friday morning, as much as a third of an inch of rain fell in the eastern half of the county in the past 24 hours.

National Weather Service forecasters say Friday morning’s round of storms so far could bring up to a tenth of an inch of rain to Austin.

10:10 a.m. update: Several storm cells are moving farther south from Williamson County toward northern Travis County, Doppler radar images indicate. So far, the bands of storms have moved as far south as Leander and Round Rock.

In the past hour, a half-inch of rain has fallen in northern Williamson County, where temperatures remain in the 60s, according to rain gauges monitored by the Lower Colorado River Authority.

Meanwhile, a dense fog advisory for parts of the Austin metro area has expired.

9:30 a.m. update: Doppler radar shows a group of thunderstorm cells drifting into the Austin metro area, just skirting the northern edge of Williamson County. The storms are moving between 12 and 16 mph and heading closer towards Georgetown.

Rains that soaked the Austin metro area late Thursday left as much as 0.35 inch in Florence in northern Williamson County and about 0.7 inch in Thrall near the eastern border of the county. In the core of the Austin area, up to a little more than a third of an inch of rain fell, mostly in eastern Travis County, according to rain gauges monitored by the Lower Colorado River Authority.

The latest forecast for Williamson County on Friday calls for a 30 percent chance of rain with high temperatures in the mid-80s.

Friday forecast for Austin: Dense fog along the Interstate 35 corridor is limiting visibility for drivers across the Austin metro area.

Forecasters have seen areas with visibility ranging from a little over a mile to around a quarter of a mile throughout the area, according to the National Weather Service.

Meteorologist Jared Allen said the fog could cause issues for commuters in Georgetown, Austin, San Marcos, Bastrop, Giddings and Lockhart through 8 or 9 a.m.

A dense fog advisory issued shortly after 6 a.m., however, will be in effect throughout the area until 10 a.m.

“We recommend folks to be much more careful driving, leave more space for vehicles ahead,” Allen said.

According to the weather service, most of the fog in the area should burn of by 9 a.m., but a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms will linger through the morning.

Skies over Austin will gradually clear throughout the day, becoming mostly sunny in the afternoon with highs around 85 degrees.

Temperatures are expected to jump into the 90s on Saturday and remain there until at least Tuesday of next, according to the weather service.

No rain is in the forecast through the rest of the weekend.

Here’s a look at the forecast at Camp Mabry through the next few days:

Saturday: Mostly sunny with a high near 90.

Sunday: Mostly sunny with a high near 91.

Monday: Mostly sunny with a high near 92.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny with a high near 92.


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