Threat of Ice Means Austin Goes Nowhere Fast
UPDATE: Third day of school and city closures: Is this a record?
By Richard Whittaker,
10:33PM, Thu. Feb. 6, 2014
With temperatures dipping below freezing again, and the possibility of precipitation in the morning, for the third time in less than two weeks there'll be a slew of closures around Austin, as schools and local government take Friday – or at least a half day – off due to road conditions.
Austin ISD has announced that all classes will be cancelled and all offices closed, as have Del Valle, Eanes, Lake Travis, Leander, Manor, Pflugerville and Round Rock. This could start to cause scheduling problems, since AISD only had two allotted bad weather days – Feb. 17 and June 6. We're now three and counting for the winter.
It'll be a quiet morning at the 40 acres, as UT Austin will be closed until noon. Students with classes that start or are ongoing at noon are encouraged to contact their lecturers to find out of they're cancelled or just delayed.
Austin Community College will delay opening until Noon: All activities starting earlier are completely cancelled.
Southwestern University has announced that it will make a decision in the morning, while Texas State will make decisions for the Round Rock and San Marcos campuses by 2am. Concordia so far is saying to check back at 6am. Nothing yet from St. Edwards
UPDATE 10:46pm Guess Texas State administrators didn't want to stay up until 2am. They just announced that classes will be delayed until noon. However, they have yet to make a decision about evening athletics.
UPDATE Friday 6:40am Add St. Eds to the pile. As of last night, they are closed all day. Southewestern, however is open for business as usual.
UPDATE Friday 12:06pm AISD is staying closed for classes, but will reopen at 4:45pm for athletics and afterschool activities. Contact your coach or activity coordinator for details.
Local and State Government
No day off for city of Austin employees. After closing the golf courses for Thursday's weather. the city will now keep all non-essential offices closed until noon.
Travis County will delay the opening of all offices until noon. However, the commissioners court will start at 11:30am to canvas results from the House District 50 special election run off (which, if you remember, was also affected by bad weather.)
UPDATE Friday 11:59am The city of Austin is now saying all offices will be shut all day. If you've got any court business, you can get docket information for the Austin Municipal Courts by calling 512-974-4800, or the Downtown Austin Community Court on 512-974-1233. This also means Friday's trash collection has been pushed back by a day, so make sure your trash carts are out on the roadside by 6:30am on Saturday morning.
Roads and Transportation
So far, Capital Metro has made no announcement of any changes. However, if closures continue, they take their lead from the City of Austin Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, so there could still be changes.
No word of any issues yet from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. They're geared up to deal with this kind of weather, and there was only one flight cancellation Thursday morning. However, if you are heading out, be extra-careful on all roads. Check their website or follow @AUStinAirport on Twitter for updated details.
UPDATE Friday 11:59am Cap Metro has cancelled all Express and Flyer services and (no surprise here) all UT shuttles. However, all local services, the Airport Flyer, MetroRail and MetroRapid are operating as normal.
Keep checking back all day for updates, and follow us on Twitter at @ACNewsdesk.
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