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Severe Storms Possible Across Central Texas Later Today

UPDATED 6 PM CDT, March 19, 2013

By WeatherBug Sr. Meteorologist, James West

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A patch of Texas Hill Country will see a fresh batch of severe thunderstorms later this afternoon and evening. Damaging winds and large hail will be the biggest threat.

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been posted in central Texas, including Junction, Austin and College Station.

An upper-level disturbance jetting out of the Southwest will push across the Hill Country this evening. This combined with temperatures jumping into the upper 70s and low 80s and Gulf of Mexico moisture streaming northward are helping foster thunderstorm development just north of Austin this evening.

The thunderstorms will grow in size and be mainly elevated in nature, so the chance of a tornado will be slim to none. However, damaging winds, large hail and frequent lightning will be possible from the storms. Austin and San Antonio, Texas, will be a risk for the large hail and damaging winds.

Overnight and into Wednesday morning, the storms will weaken as they move eastward into eastern Texas. Houston could still wake up to a rumble of thunder and some heavy rain before the storms move off into the western Gulf later Wednesday morning.

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