Thunderstorms crossed the area Tuesday morning, leaving rainfall amounts up to three inches in some areas.
At 12 p.m., Lampasas police closed the low-water crossing at Hackberry Street. Just two minutes later, a patrol officer reported to dispatch officers that stream flow at the Naruna Road low-water crossing was “still well below the roadway.”
At 12:06 p.m., officers reported the crossing at Willis was clear, but one at the south end of McLean had pooled about “three-quarters of an inch over the roadway, and it’s getting worse.”
At 3:49 a.m. Tuesday, the National Weather Service issued a hazardous weather outlook for Lampasas, Coryell, Bell and numerous counties along Interstate 35.
“Widespread thunderstorms are expected to affect the area today and tonight as one or more thunderstorm complexes traverses the region,” NWS officials said.
“Damaging winds will be the main threat with stronger thunderstorms, but an isolated tornado or hail would also be possible if any supercell thunderstorms are able to develop ahead of the storm complex. Depending on the speed of the complexes of storms, heavy rainfall may result in flash flooding or minor river flooding."
Officials later issued a tornado warning for southwestern Coryell County and southeastern Lampasas county to last until 6:15 a.m.
“A severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located over Kempner, or near Copperas Cove, moving north at 20 miles per hour,” NWS officials said.
Lampasas County Sheriff’s Department officials and NWS meteorologists said they received no reports of a tornado touch down in the area as of noon.
Meteorologists said the storms will exit the region to the east Tuesday night.
Lower Colorado River Authority reported the following rainfall totals, through about noon Tuesday: Lampasas at Naruna, 0.54 inches; Nix, 1.46 inches; Lometa, 1.09 inches; Colorado River at Bend, 2.11 inches; Goldthwaite, 2.82 inches.
NWS meteorologists report a 60 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 7 p.m. tonight, with the possibility of severe storms. The low is anticipated to be 58 degrees.
Wednesday is forecast to be sunny with a high of 78, and a low of 56.
“After a brief interlude of pleasant weather Wednesday and Thursday, thunderstorm chances will return Saturday and Sunday,” NWS officials said. “A few storms could linger in Central Texas on Monday.”