Cold front threatening flooding rains for Central Texas

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Heaviest rainfall totals will be across the Hill Country where 2 to 3+ inches of rain will be possible.

Jason Mikell, Hunter Williams (KVUE), Erika Lopez, Mariel Ruiz

9:54 PM CDT September 2, 2020

4:27 AM CDT September 9, 2020

AUSTIN, Texas — Higher rain chances and a cool down are on the way for mid-week as a cold front approaches Central Texas. This cold front will provide a good bit of rain for our area and cooler temperatures, but the extent of the cool down will depend on how far to the east the cold front is able to make it. 

Regardless of the nuance in the temperature forecast, rain and storm chances will really start to ramp up late Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, and showers and storms will remain possible through the afternoon. Rain will persist into Wednesday night and Thursday, with the most widespread coverage of rain heavily weighted towards the Hill Country.

Accordingly, the Hill Country is still where we’re expecting the heaviest rainfall totals with 2″-3″ or more possible, and some flooding may be possible for these areas. Rainfall totals will taper significantly as you move farther east with 1″-2″ more likely closer to the I-35 corridor, and lower totals to the east.

Temperatures will likely be in the 80s for most of Central Texas Wednesday afternoon ahead of the front. The temperature forecast for Wednesday night into Thursday is where things get more tricky depending on the placement of the cold front as it tries to push through our area.

For now, we’ll call for temperatures in the 60s by Thursday morning with upper 50s possible in the Hill Country. Then afternoon temperatures on Thursday near 80 degrees in Austin with cooler temperatures across the Hill Country as the front pushes east. Morning temperatures in the 60s and low 70s will be possible again for Friday morning.  

If the front is able to hold more strength into Central Texas then these numbers could be even cooler, especially for areas west of the Interstate-35 corridor. Some computer models still show this situation playing out, so we’ll continue to watch closely. 

We’re expecting a rebound into the upper 80s to near 90 degrees by the weekend. Rain chances will stick around with a 30 to 40 percent chance on both Saturday and Sunday.


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