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AUSTIN, Texas — A Tornado Watch has been issued for most of Central Texas until 8 a.m. Sunday morning. Storms between now and 8 a.m. may be capable of tornadoes, large hail up to tennis ball size, and damaging wind gusts up to 70 mph.
Watches and Warnings
5:10 a.m.: A Tornado Warning has been issued for Blanco, Burnet and Llano counties until 5:45 a.m.
4:42 a.m.: A Tornado Warning has been issued for Blanco, Gillespie and Llano counties until 5:15 a.m.
4:40 a.m. The Severe Thunderstorm Warning is extended for Burnet and Llano County until 5:45 a.m.
4:30 a.m.: A Tornado Warning has been issued for Llano County until 4:30 a.m.
3:50 a.m.: A Severe Thunderstorm Warning has been issued for parts of Burnet, Gillespie and Llano counties until 4:45 a.m. Quarter size hail, 60 mph winds possible.
3:45 a.m.: A Severe Thunderstorm Warning has been issued for parts of Blanco, Gillespie, Kendall and Kerr counties until 4:30 a.m. 60 mph winds and quarter-size hail possible.
3:10 a.m.: A Severe Thunderstorm Warning has been issued for parts of Gillespie County until 3:45 a.m. Storm capable of hail up to a half-dollar size and 60 mph wind gusts.
2 a.m.: A Tornado Watch for much of the greater Austin area is in effect until 4 a.m.
After a few showers and downpours on Saturday afternoon, the severe weather potential is now expected to ramp up across Central Texas Saturday night.
The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) has outlined the enhanced level – 3 out of 5 – risk for severe storms for all of Central Texas. The main window for severe storms will come between midnight and 8 a.m. on Sunday morning.
Storms during this time frame may be capable of damaging wind gusts, large hail and isolated tornadoes.
The SPC has highlighted areas south and west of the Interstate Highway 35 corridor for an enhanced tornado risk on Saturday night.
In the yellow hatched area seen below, a strong, long-track tornado is possible.
The window for severe storms will open up at midnight, with storms first developing across the Hill Country.
Storms will push eastward through the late overnight, and it looks like storms may first move into Travis County and I-35 corridor by about 3 a.m.
Any of these embedded thunderstorms may be capable of damaging winds, large hail and a few tornadoes. Again, the highest tornado risk will be south and west of the I-35 corridor, where a strong, long-track tornado cannot be ruled out.
Although the tornado risk is a bit lower east of I-35, the severe weather risk will continue as storms push east of Austin by 7 a.m. on Sunday morning.
Storms will move out of Central Texas by about 8 a.m. on Sunday morning.
After sunrise on Easter Sunday, a much quieter weather pattern moves in with a strong westerly wind for the afternoon.
Clearing will take place through the day with sunshine for the afternoon and highs in the low 80s.
Expect cooler temperatures and drier weather for the upcoming week. The extended forecast can be found below.
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