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A boost of warmth ahead of the rain and chilly temps

Warmer temperatures and sunshine greet the region for Sunday and Monday.
Credit: Meteorologist Jordan Darensbourg

AUSTIN, Texas — Waking up on Monday, it is possible a few areas in the Hill Country will fall into the mid- and lower 30s. This would potentially cause freeze issues. 

Moving through the day on Monday, the KVUE Storm Team will be tracking a low-pressure system as it plunges south. This will increase cloud cover for the afternoon Monday, but rain chances are expected to hold off until late Monday night.  

Credit: Meteorologist Jordan Darensbourg

Most of the widespread rain and thunderstorm chances will move across the region throughout Tuesday. Currently, the forecast is at a 90% chance for rain as model guidance continues to increase in confidence. The Weather Prediction Center has already issued a marginal risk for excessive rainfall for Tuesday's event. In general, rain accumulations will range from a half-inch to a two inches, but isolated totals could reach up to three or four inches, especially east of Interstate 35.  

Credit: Meteorologist Jordan Darensbourg

The rain is certainly welcome, as the most recent drought monitor released on Thursday morning depicts worsening drought conditions across the Lone Star State. Across the state, areas of "moderate" and "severe" drought increased while levels of "extreme" and "exceptional" drought remained the same.

Credit: Meteorologist Jordan Darensbourg

Behind this system, we'll experience a reinforcement of cooler air and hold on to afternoon temperatures below average for most of the week. Mornings will be cold with near-freezing temperatures for the Hill Country with the upper 30s to near 40 for the Austin metro.

The KVUE Storm Team will continue to closely monitor this developing forecast. 

In the meantime, the seven-day forecast can be found below:

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