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The National Weather Service is giving the Highland Lakes a 40 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms the afternoon of Monday, April 4, with the possibility continuing into the night; however, the overall risk of severe weather remains low.

“There is a low confidence in strong to severe storms with this evening into overnight the best timing,” reads a statement from the NWS Austin/San Antonio office. “There is a slight risk, a level two out of five, of severe thunderstorms for the Highland Lakes area.”

The NWS estimates rainfall amounts of a tenth of an inch to a quarter-inch, though some areas might get more due to thunderstorms.

Any benefits of the rainfall might be short lived. On Tuesday, April 5, temperatures are expected to reach the lower and mid-90s before a series of cold fronts move across the region.

The NWS stated these cold fronts “are expected to bring in much drier air and gusty winds starting Tuesday afternoon. As a result, renewed Elevated to Critical Fire Weather Conditions are expected from Tuesday through Saturday.”

As the cool fronts move through, winds are expected to be 5-15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph Tuesday afternoon. The potential of high winds continues, with the NWS predicting winds of 15-25 mph and gusts up to 30 mph on Wednesday, April 6, and winds of 15-20 mph and gusts up to 35 mph on Thursday, April 7.

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