Austin weather: Increasing risk of scattered severe storms Thursday

Scattered showers and thunderstorms will develop over the Hill Country and the I-35 Corridor through the early to mid-afternoon hours today, tracking southeast into the Coastal Plains through early evening.

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been issued for Gillespie, Hays, Caldwell, Bastrop, Blanco, Lee, Travis, Llano, Burnet, Williamson and Fayette Counties until 7 p.m.

The Storm Prediction Center has upgraded much of the area to a Level 2 (slight risk) of severe storms featuring moderate sized hail and damaging winds.

With storms likely ongoing during the evening commute, people planning to be on the roads should remain alert for rapidly-changing weather conditions. Be prepared to find safe shelter if a storm approaches your area.

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