WEATHER UPDATE: Bastrop under severe thunderstorm warning till 4:30 p.m.


3:35 p.m. update: Northeastern Caldwell and southwestern Bastrop counties are under a severe thunderstorm warning until 4:30 p.m., the National Weather Service said. 

Lightning, nickel-sized hail and strong winds are possible with this storm, the weather service said. 

Locations impacted include Mustang Ridge, Niederwald, Cedar Creek, Wyldwood, Red Rock, Rockne, Lytton Springs, Dale, Bateman, St John Colony, Mendoza, Watterson and State Highway 21.

Earlier: Monday forecast for Austin: Happy Monday! The National Weather Service is calling for a 60 percent chance of rain and possible storms, mainly in the afternoon, as a Pacific cold front moves across Central Texas.

Forecasters estimate rainfall amounts of less than a quarter-inch, but some storms could become stronger east of Austin, with potentially damaging wind gusts and hail possible.

The weather service anticipates stormy conditions in Austin mainly between noon and 3 p.m. just as temperatures reach a high near 78 – which is about 10 degrees warmer than normal.

Once the cold front passes, the warm south winds will be replaced by cooler north winds. Skies are expected to clear up at night as temperatures sink to a low around 47 degrees.

Tuesday should see the return of sunshine as temperatures climb to a high near 73. But chillier north winds will help drop nighttime temperatures as low as 42.

Looking ahead at the weather service’s extended forecast, the days leading up to the start of the South by Southwest Interactive Festival should include mostly sunny skies and seasonable daytime high temperatures in the 60s. If you are planning to be on the town during SXSW’s first weekend, forecasters expect warmer than normal nighttime temperatures:

Wednesday: Mostly sunny but cooler north-northeast winds of 5 to 10 mph will help keep daytime temperatures below 65 degrees. Partly cloudy at night with a low around 41.

Thursday: Mostly sunny with a high near 68 but warmer south-southeast winds roll during the afternoon. Mostly cloudy at night with a low around 50. 

Friday: Mostly cloudy with a high near 73 during the day. But increased cloud cover and humidity at night will contribute to a 20 percent chance of rain and unseasonably warm evening temperatures above 61 degrees.

Saturday: Mostly sunny with a high near 85. Partly cloudy at night with a low around 55.

Sunday: Partly sunny with a high near 72.


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