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What Did Austinites Use To Scrape Ice Off Their Cars This Morning?

Mose Buchele
Did your windshield look like this this morning?

Kayak paddles, sleeves for coffee cups and spatulas were deployed across Austin this morning to scrape ice off windshields. Some commuters even used actual ice scrapers to maintain visibility as they confronted a rare hard freeze before their commutes.

According to the National Weather Service, Austin hit 50 consecutive hours below freezing as of yesterday evening, a cold stretch the likes of which we hadn’t seen since 2011. Then, last night, temperatures plummeted to 15 degrees at Austin Bergstrom International Airport, a record low there for the date.

The cold stretch forced people to improvise when it came to de-icing their cars. We put out a couple calls on social media to find out what people used. Favorite tools included credit cards and spatulas. One respondent used warm water, which, experts say, could damage your windshield.

The question also prompted some nostalgia for CD and cassette tape cases. 

On the weirder side of things, one respondent used plastic soccer cones; another grabbed an old shoe.

I used a kayak paddle, which, in retrospect, was probably overkill.

Credit Mose Buchele / KUT
Mose and his kayak paddle.

Of course, there were those among us who used actual ice scrapers. But really, where’s the fun in that?

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Mose Buchele focuses on energy and environmental reporting at KUT. Got a tip? Email him at Follow him on Twitter @mosebuchele.
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