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Storms spark up east of Austin Monday evening

Monday afternoon was warm and breezy, but the evening brings a chance for storms, especially after 8 p.m.
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*A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is currently in effect for the counties of Williamson, Lee, and Milam until 10 p.m. Monday. Fayette County will be under a watch until 2 a.m. The main concerns would be the potential of large hail and damaging winds with any strong storms that develop.*

A warm, spring-like week is on the way for Central Texas. Overall, the week is looking pretty pleasant with highs in the 70s to low 80s, but we have to get over a hurdle to start the week with the chance for a few strong storms Monday evening along and east of Interstate 35. 

Elevated fire weather concerns will continue this week, especially across the Hill Country.

A dry line and trailing cold front will sweep in from West Texas through Monday afternoon and evening, bringing a risk for strong storms, primarily between 8 p.m. Monday and 1 a.m. Tuesday morning. 

The primary risk will be east of Austin, where the Storm Prediction Center now includes parts of the KVUE area in the "slight" – level 2 of 5 – risk for strong to severe storms. The main threats will be hail and strong winds.

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As of now, it looks like the stormy weather will miss most of the Hill Country and Austin metro. However, for areas east of the Interstate 35 corridor we recommend having a way to receive weather alerts in case any warnings are issued. 

KVUE's high-resolution computer models suggest that a line of storms could develop over parts of Lee, Bastrop and Caldwell counties by about 10 p.m. or so. Any storms that form will quickly push southeast.

Credit: KVUE

Stormy weather should push out of Fayette County by about 1 a.m., and then the rest of the overnight will stay quiet and breezy as temperatures drop down to the 40s and low 50s by Tuesday morning.

Credit: KVUE

After storms move out Monday, the rest of the week is looking pretty nice and uneventful. Highs will drop to the 70s for Tuesday, and then rebound into the 80s for the middle of the week. 

Another cold front for Thursday night will bring a small cooldown for the late week into the beginning of the weekend. Elevated fire weather concerns will likely continue for the Hill Country through the week.

The KVUE Weather Team will continue to closely monitor this developing forecast. Download KVUE's app for updates: kvue.com/app.

In the meantime, the extended forecast can be found below:

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