Snow Day … Sorta

355850370_205e8e2f39_m.jpgFlooding is sooooooo yesterday. Today’s hip weather cocktail is the combo of precipitation and freezing temperatures that’s brewing around Central Texas this morning. Parts of the Hill Country and Williamson County are already enjoying some ice and flurries, and the urban core may experience the same if temperatures drop below freezing later today.

This type of weather usually brings subversive glee to those who get to stay home from work, but today it just means your holiday will be spent watching News 8. Which begs the question: Why is it that New 8’s Joe Taylor always sounds like he is reporting from inside a helicopter?

As usual, this weather brings out a plethora of namby-pamby reminders from local news outlets. The accidents are already adding up, so a return to the basics seems to be in order:

  • Speed limits are posted for ideal driving conditions (i.e. they are not a guarantee, so go slow)
  • Learn whether your car is front-wheel or rear-wheel drive (BTW, accelerator on the right, brake on the left)
  • Slow down before you hit ice (which often appears as if by magic on bridges and overpasses)

The Mayor says the city is prepared, and Toby Futrell reminded us not to burn down our house while staying the hell off the roads. The Office of Emergency Management provides online updates for road closures and other service issues. Austin Energy asks you to call 322.9100 to report any power outages, which are already hitting Northwest Austin. If you have VOIP phone service, your best bet for notifying Austin Energy is to grow a beautiful tree within 10 feet of their power lines, which will ensure prompt response.

photo from jmtimages via Flickr

3 Comments so far

  1. ttrentham (unregistered) on January 15th, 2007 @ 10:43 am

    Sounds to me like tonight and tomorrow will be worse, so I braved it and headed in to work this morning.

    There was only a thin glaze of ice on my windshield wipers, none on the car or anywhere around my place. In my drive through downtown and up Mopac, I only found wet streets. There aren’t very many people on the roads. I didn’t see any accidents.

    APD had the Mopac to 183 North flyover blocked with four police cars. There was slush on some of the overpasses north of 183. Seems like the bad stuff stopped right around that area this morning.


  2. ttrentham (unregistered) on January 15th, 2007 @ 10:47 am

    P.S. The Statesman has apparently started a 2007 Storm Blog. Not sure if it’s really necessary to have a blog dedicated to storms, but there it is.


  3. wae (unregistered) on January 15th, 2007 @ 12:20 pm

    I just went on some recon. There’s not much traffic around, but much of the retail I passed seemed to be open. I didn’t see any ice on the main streets around S. Lamar, despite having the temp drop below freezing. As usual, this looks like a scenario for care, not panic.

    But there’s always tonight …



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