Snow Day … Sorta
Flooding 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