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Central Texas Weather: Flash Flood Watch

May 29, 2013

Central Texas is in for a warm and mostly cloudy day that could turn stormy and bring the region severe weather by later tonight, the National Weather Service said.

The region is under a flash flood watch from 7 a.m. Wednesday through 7 p.m. tonight as forecasters project a 50 percent shot of rain today. That storm could bring us 1 to 3 inches of rain, with up to 5 inches in some isolated areas.

There's also a slight risk for severe weather conditions such as hail and damaging winds, said Marianne Sutton, meteorologist for the service. The best chance for rain comes this afternoon and into the early evening, she said.

"Usually when things heat up, that's when things get going," Sutton said. "We're concerned, even though these aren't widespread showers, the storms that do develop could be severe."

The warnings come as a strong weather disturbance and rain-making storm system over the Southern Rockies early Wednesday is expected to move across Central Texas later today.

With "already saturated ground conditions" thanks to last week's showers, any more heavy rain could result in "rapid runoff" and subsequent flash flooding, the service warned. Late last week, Camp Mabry reported more than 4.5 inches of rain while Austin-Bergstrom International Airport posted closer to 4 inches of rain.

"An area of showers and thunderstorms is expected to develop across south Central Texas and the Hill Country," the service said. "The storms are forecast to move toward the east and northeast in a moist and unstable environment. Some of the thunderstorms could possibly be severe along and west of a line from Georgetown to Austin" to south of San Antonio.

Otherwise, the region is looking at a high of 86 today, followed by a low of 74 tonight.

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