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PHOTOS: Winter Weather Shuts Down Austin

Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon
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A cold front brought freezing temperatures, sleet and even a little snow to Central Texas today.

Austin pretty much shut down for the day today. The freezing temperatures, sleet and (a little) snow iced-over roads throughout Central Texas – and even closed a few – leading the Austin Police Department to ask drivers to stay off the roads, giving them (more or less) a snow day. 

Here’s a look around town from our photographers, who ventured out into the cold.

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There was next to no traffic on I-35 through South Austin this morning. The Austin Police Department advised drivers to avoid the roads unless it was an "absolute emergency."

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Icicles hang from a cactus plant.

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South Austin resident Susie Cue uses her debit card to scrape ice from her car windshield.

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A water fountain along the Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail.

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Runners along the trail braved the cold and wind, which felt as low as the teens with a wind chill.

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Barton Springs Pool remained empty during the cold snap.

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Andrew Weber is a general assignment reporter for KUT, focusing on criminal justice, policing, courts and homelessness in Austin and Travis County. Got a tip? You can email him at aweber@kut.org. Follow him on Twitter @England_Weber.