Flash Flood Warnings; Austin Schools Open Late, Others Cancel Classes
Update Tuesday 8:50 a.m. – The National Weather Service has canceled the flash flood watch for much of Central Texas, though DeWitt, Fayette and Lavaca counties still remain under watch.
Update 7:50 a.m. – Parts of Bastrop, Travis, Hays and Lee counties are under flash flood warnings this morning. The flash flood watch continues until tomorrow morning, as more rain is forecast for today and overnight tonight.
As of right now, 178 low water crossings have been closed in Central Texas. You can find a map of closures at ATXfloods.com, and below you can see a full list of updated school delays and closures.
- Austin ISD – two-hour delay
- Del Valle ISD – closed
- Eanes ISD – two-hour delay
- Lake Travis ISD – regular schedule
- University of Texas – two-hour delay
- Texas State University – regular schedule
- St. Edward's University – two-hour delay
- Concordia University – two-hour delay
- Hays CISD – canceled
- Manor ISD – two-hour delay
- Pflugerville ISD – two-hour delay
- Leander ISD – two-hour delay
- Round Rock ISD – regular schedule
- Georgetown ISD – regular schedule
- Granger ISD – two-hour delay
- Hutto ISD – canceled
- Jarrell ISD – regular schedule
- Taylor ISD – regular schedule
- Thrall ISD – canceled
- Elgin ISD – canceled
- Smithville ISD – canceled
- Wimberley ISD - canceled
- Lockhart ISD – regular schedule
- Giddings ISD - canceled
Update 7 a.m. Monday – Hays CISD and Wimberley and Smithville ISDs have canceled school due to the threat of flooding.
Parts of Bastrop, Travis, Hays and Lee counties are under flash flood warnings this morning. The flash flood watch continues until tomorrow morning, as more rain is forecast for today and overnight tonight.
Update 10:20 p.m. – Austin ISD, UT Austin, St. Edward's University, Concordia University and Austin Community College will open at 10 a.m. Monday due to bad weather.
Leander, Manor, Del Valle and Pflugerville ISDs and Hays CISD will also operate on a two-hour delay Monday.
City of Austin offices will also open at 10 a.m.
Due to severe weather and the threat of flash flooding, we will open at 10 a.m. on Monday, April 18: https://t.co/14aEeDVp2d— UT Austin (@UTAustin) April 18, 2016
Austin ISD Delays Start by Two Hours on April 18 https://t.co/BJP0t9RSy2— Austin ISD (@AustinISD) April 18, 2016
EARLIER: A flash flood watch will be in effect for the next couple days, as potentially heavy rain drenches Central Texas. The National Weather Service says 3 to 6 inches of rain is expected before Tuesday morning, with the possibility of 8 to 12 inches in some places.
The flash flood watch is in place from 10 a.m. Sunday and through 10 a.m. Tuesday.
State officials are moving to prepare for possible flooding as severe weather rolls across Texas. On Saturday, Governor Greg Abbott put the state's disaster response system on alert.
“We urge all Texans to closely monitor developing weather as the state prepares for the possibility of heavy rainfall, tornadoes and flooding,” said Governor Abbott. “It is crucial that Texans stay clear of rising waters and heed warnings from state and local officials, who stand ready to assist and support communities impacted as this weather system passes through Texas.”
There's at least a chance of rain in the forecast for the Austin area every day through Friday.