Saturday, December 3rd, 2016
Keep your umbrella handy! Some spots in Bastrop County saw between 2-3" of rain overnight, while the Austin area picked up less than 1". Though the heaviest rain has shifted away, we'll see periods of light to moderate rain today with some lulls. More rain develops tomorrow, heaviest tomorrow night, and the system finally moves out Monday with some lighter rain by then.
The rain will help alleviate “abnormally dry” conditions in numerous Central Texas Counties – mainly east of I-35. It will also put a damper on the multitude of holiday outdoor events. But it doesn’t look like we’ll see severe storms or rain that falls at a heavy rate for a long enough period of time to cause much flooding. Puddles and minor flooding will be possible, along with slick roads due to rain – so take it easy.
While rain totals could reach 2-4” with isolated 5" totals (highest east) through early Monday, for most, this will be an “inconvenience” for getting out and about versus a big threat to safety. It’s a different story farther east where the Weather Service in Houston anticipates hoisting a Flash Flood Watch for part of the weekend. Some rain projections for the Houston area range from 5-9”. If you’re heading toward East or Southeast Texas for the weekend, be prepared.
Track the rain: http://bit.ly/cbsaustinwxradar
ARCTIC COLD FRONT NEXT WEEK
Enjoy Tuesday – when we see sunshine and 70…because Wednesday, an Arctic cold front comes to town! Temps may still reach upper 60s ahead of the front, then fall through the day. Thursday, we’ll wake up to 30s and may only see highs in the 40s! That’s along with strong north winds N 10-25 mph! The coldest air arrives Thursday night into Friday morning when upper 20s to low 30s are possible – including the first official freeze for Austin – Camp Mabry!
Lake Travis is at 100% with Lake Buchanan at 95%. Friday’s combined storage was 97%. Check the levels here: http://hydromet.lcra.org/riverreport/report.aspx
On Friday, mold was moderate, and Red Berry Juniper low. Get the latest allergy report from Allergy & Asthma Associates here: https://twitter.com/atxpollen
The UV Index for Saturday will be 0 of 11 – low. Check the UV Index here: https://www.epa.gov/sunsafety/uv-index-1
AIR QUALITY FORECAST
The air quality Saturday will be good. Check the Air Quality anytime here: https://airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=airnow.local_city&cityid=229
STORM TRACKER FORECAST
SAT: 55 | Rain, heaviest early| Rain Chance: 100% | Winds: NE 5-10 | Morning Low: 49
SUN: 55 | Cloudy, lingering showers especially morning | Rain Chance: 90% | Winds: N 10-15 | Morning Low: 49
MON: 60 | Mostly cloudy, rain most likely in the morning, afternoon clearing | Rain Chance: 80% AM | Winds: N/NW 5-10 | Morning Low: 48
TUE: 70 | Sunny | Winds: W/N 5-10 | Morning Low: 48
WED: 68 | Partly cloudy, isolated shower, falling temps behind a cold front | Rain Chance: 10% | Winds: NE 5 | Morning Low: 46
THU: 48 | Early clouds then sun, windy | Winds: N 10-25 | Morning Low: 36
FRI: 52 | Sunny | Winds: N 5-15 | Overnight Low: 31
Get weather updates by searching hashtag #CBSAustinWX on social media. And download our free CBS Austin Weather App so you can track storms from your phone or tablet.
Share your weather pics with us! Use hashtag #CBSAustinWX on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram and email email@example.com
CBS Austin Chief Meteorologist Chikage Windler
On the Web: http://cbsaustin.com/weather
Watch LIVE: http://bit.ly/cbsaustinlive
CBS Austin Weather App and Text Alerts: http://bit.ly/cbsaustinapps
Weather Cameras: http://bit.ly/cbsaustinwxcams
Today's Record Temperatures