Austin / Travis County and South Central Texas Weather Update #2
Prepared by UT University/Incident Meteorologist Troy Kimmel
955pm CT – Saturday / 01 April 2017
.. Marginal Severe Thunderstorm Risk Overnight Tonight ..
.. Severe Thunderstorm Risk Increases after 6 to 7am Tomorrow Morning and
Continues Through the Morning Hours for Areas Along and East of
the IH35 Corridor with a Large Hail Threat.. Damaging Straight Line Thunderstorm
Wind Threat.. and an Increasing Tornado Threat Particularly Through the
North.. Northeast and East of the IH35 Corridor and Austin Metro Area ..
As we prepare to retire for this Saturday night.. just a quick update. Although I
still think the severe thunderstorm risk will increase (perhaps rapidly) toward
daybreak, the latest high resolution guidance looks like it be a slower moving system
than I stated earlier today.
Be prepared to be dealing with a severe thunderstorm risk along and east of the IH35
corridor tomorrow around sunrise and thereafter through the morning with all
risks included.. particularly in areas north through northeast and east of the Austin area
proper. The short range high resolution data along with guidance from the NWS/Storm
Prediction Center is suggesting the possibility of widespread damaging straight line
thunderstorm winds along with a strong tornado threat in these areas east and northeast of
our local area. It may be too close for comfort even for parts of our local area.
Make sure you have several ways to obtain watch/advisory and warning information from the
National Weather Service.. these could be your NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio.. the
NWS/Austin-San Antonio website (http://www.weather.gov/ewx/).. the NWS/Austin-San Antonio
Twitter Site (https://twitter.com/NWSSanAntonio).. a weather app or the government alerts on
your cell phone.. as well as local radio news and local television stations. Most of all, please
discuss your weather safety plan with your family in case severe weather threatens your location
Because the system may be moving a little slower, rainfall amounts of 1 to 2 inches are likely
in most areas.. particularly north through northeast and east of the Austin area.. will some isolated
heavier totals possible.
On this slightly slower progression.. it looks like the risk of severe weather will taper off in our
area by early afternoon.
Of course, weather forecasting is an imperfect science — I’ll continue to keep you informed of any
changes we see occurring.