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Austin Under Freeze Warning as Cold Front Hits Central Texas

National Weather Service

Austin is expected to get its first freeze of the season tonight, with temperatures dropping as low as the upper 20s overnight.

The National Weather Service says a strong Canadian cold front is moving across the Hill Country and the Austin metro area. A freeze warning has been issued for Austin, from midnight through 9 a.m. tomorrow.

“It’s not going to be that long-lived of a freezing temperature, maybe an hour or two, so I would not worry about pipes at this time,” says National Weather Service meteorologist Pat McDonald. “But if you have any tender vegetation, you may want to cover or cover them tonight.”

Austin’s homeless shelters are trying to help people who have nowhere to stay warm. The Salvation Army’s Jan Gunter says her group is teaming up with the city, Capital Metro and local churches “to ensure that there are extra beds available” for those who need them.

Those in need of shelter need to be at the Salvation Army downtown by 6 p.m. The Salvation Army is also accepting donations of coats, mittens and scarves at its downtown location.   

Nathan Bernier is the transportation reporter at KUT. He covers the big projects that are reshaping how we get around Austin, like the I-35 overhaul, the airport's rapid growth and the multibillion-dollar transit expansion Project Connect. He also focuses on the daily changes that affect how we walk, bike and drive around the city. Got a tip? Email him at Follow him on X @KUTnathan.