Heavy rain coming, severe storms possible

January 8th, 2013 at 12:05 am by under Weather

Late update– check out our latest model run’s forecast rainfall totals for Tuesday and Wednesday! A half foot of rain possible in our eastern areas–4.7 inches in Austin!

KXAN’s Adonis model run from late Monday night indicates even heavier rainfall than earlier projections. These are forecast totals for Tue-Wed.

A storm system approaching slowly from Mexico over the next two days is expected to bring more rain to Austin than we’ve seen since last summer–possibly the most rain since last January.

Computer models indicate as much as 4-6 inches of rainfall in the Austin area Tuesday through Wednesday.

Some strong to severe thunderstorms may also occur, especially late Tuesday.

Here is the lateset graphical forecast from the National Weather Service:

A strong upper level low pressure storm system moving east into the region Tuesday will pull rapidly northeast across the region into central Texas by late Wednesday. The storm system in combination with rich tropical moisture from the Gulf of Mexico and eastern Pacific, will produce widespread shower and thunderstorm activity Tuesday through Wednesday. Some of these storms could become severe, with damaging winds, hail, and heavy rainfall possible. Some isolated tornadoes are also possible. Storm rainfall amounts could range from one half to one inch west of highway 83; one to two inches from east of highway 83 to highway 281; and from 3 to 5 inches near and east of highway 281.

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