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Waves of rain and storms moving through starting tonight

Published: May. 22, 2022 at 5:21 PM CDT|Updated: May. 23, 2022 at 6:31 AM CDT
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As promised, rain chances remain high for the next few days and what will likely be drought-denting rainfall should move through occasionally through midday Wednesday. We’re expecting at least two distinct waves of rainfall with potentially a third before all is set and done. Rainfall totals have backed off a bit but we’re still expecting another 1″ to 3″+ through Wednesday. Today’s rain chances won’t really return until tonight. Expect patchy morning fog with mostly cloudy skies all day to warm into the low-to-mid 80s during the afternoon. A stray shower or two can’t be ruled out this afternoon, but the best rain chances arrive after sunset as storms from the Hill Country move into our area. These storms may contain gusty winds and some hail with the best strong storm chances west of I-35 and south of Highway 84 (including Coryell, Hamilton, San Saba, Mills, Lampasas, and western Bell County). Most of the area should see the overnight rain roll through with most spots drying out before sunrise. Rain likely lingers past sunrise east of I-35 but should diminish before lunch time.

What’s likely to be a brief rain reprieve arrives Tuesday morning and afternoon before wave number 2 of showers and storms arrives. Morning temperatures Tuesday in the upper 60s will only warm into the upper 70s and low 80s with the clouds and low chance of rain hanging around. Tuesday’s best storm chances should be after around 4 or 5 PM as storms from West Texas move eastward into our area. These storms late Tuesday afternoon and evening should be strong with gusty winds and hail being the main threat. Tuesday’s evening storms should rake across the area starting late in the day through a little after midnight, but we could see a third round of rain move through with an arriving front early Wednesday. Whatever rain forms Wednesday morning, if any at all, should gradually move through and exit around or after lunch time. When precipitation comes to a close, we’ll be dry for the foreseeable future, and we’re expecting high temperatures to warm back up. 70s and 80s are expected through Friday but low-to-mid 90s are in the forecast for Memorial Day weekend.

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