Possibility of Freezing Precip Prompts Central Texas Delays, Closures
12:30 p.m. update: The winter storm warning in effect for Travis and Williamson counties has been extended until 2:00 p.m. Saturday. Light freezing rain and freezing drizzle may still fall and continue to impact roads until then.
9:00 a.m. update: Austin Community College has now canceled all activities and closed all campuses for Saturday. Williamson County officials say that Ih-35 through Georgetown is closed in both directions because of icy conditions. The City of Austin's Parks and Recreation Department has announced that all of their department's facilities will open at noon today.
Saturday morning update (7:30 a.m.): A winter storm warning is in effect for Travis and Williamson counties until noon on Saturday. Freezing drizzle and freezing temperatures are expected to continue until noon today, making for hazardous driving conditions. Multiple accidents have been reported in Austin due to icy conditions. Austin and Travis County public safety officials are urging drivers to stay off the roads until temperatures start warming up.
Austin Community College campuses and centers will open at 11:00 a.m. Saturday. All classes and activities scheduled prior to then are canceled. Many area school districts, including the Austin Independent School District, have postponed or canceled events for today.
Earlier (Friday night): A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for much of Central Texas, including Burnet, Hays, Travis, and Williamson counties, until 10:00 a.m. Saturday. The National Weather Services says the area could get some light freezing rain and freezing drizzle during the advisory period. Accumulation is expected to be less than a tenth of an inch and will mainly impact bridges, overpasses, and other elevated roads.
Because of the wintry forecast, the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department has closed its facilities until 10:00 a.m. Saturday. Capital Metro has implemented some bus route detours until 10:00 a.m. Saturday. The Texas Longhorns baseball team's Friday night game will now be played as part of a Sunday doubleheader.
Some area school districts have delayed or canceled Saturday activities.