Update, 7:28 p.m.: Writer Steve Scheibal is at Auditorium Shores and sent this report:
When the Tijuana Panthers started their set at 5, it was hot humid, and bright enough that the lead guitarist sang a Samaritan for sunscreen. By the time they wrapped up at 5:40, the sun was gone, cinematic clouds were looming off to the west, and the police were quietly answering questions about where to shelter in place.
Update, 7:20 p.m.: Folks at outdoor venues are being told to seek shelter. The show at Auditorium Shores has been temporarily halted, and people are being told to shelter in the Palmer/Long Center parking garage. The show at the Mexican American Cultural Center also has been halted while the storm, including lightning, goes through.
Earlier: The latest weather forecast has a cold front moving into the area around 5 p.m., although rain chances seem to be pushing later into the evening. We will have updates if SXSW has to implement any weather plans.
The cold front means SXSW attendees might need hoodies or layers on Saturday. The forecast has a high of near 63 with blustery winds.
Gates are already open for today’s Auditorium Shores show. The lineup:
5:00PM – Tijuana Panthers
6:00PM – Beach Slang
7:00PM – Wolfmother
8:00PM – Coheed and Cambria