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Cowboy snowman in Hutto yard (Courtesy of Daniel Stinson)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The snow event that produced several inches of precipitation across Central Texas is over. However, temperatures are hovered around freezing as icy conditions become a concern for Sunday night into Monday morning.

Check our list of school closures and postponements with potential, dangerous driving conditions on deck.

12:11 p.m. Monday

A few hundred Austin Energy customers are without power as of noon Monday, according to its outage map.

9:44 a.m. Monday

For the second day in a row, cold weather shelters will be open overnight for people to shelter from dropping temperatures. Austin Homeland Security and Emergency Management tweeted single adults can report to the Central Library at 710 W. Cesar Chavez St. from 6-8 p.m. Families can go to the downtown Salvation Army shelter at 501 E. Eighth St. by 6 p.m.

People will have a COVID-19 health screening and have their temperatures checked when they register. People can call the 24/7 hotline for more information: 512-305-4233

8:30 a.m. Monday

More car crashes related to icy road conditions are being reported by emergency personnel.

Medics are at the intersection of Howard Lane and Dessau Road for a multi-car crash due to icy roads that led to a pedestrian being hit.

ATCEMS tweeted about the crash at 8:22 a.m. and said one car rolled into another and that caused the second vehicle to hit a pedestrian. ATCEMS declared two patients trauma alerts as a result of the crash.

8:15 a.m. Monday

Austin Travis-County EMS is reporting several multi-car crashes around Austin. In a tweet at 8:13 a.m., they say they are working a crash at Cesar Chavez and MoPac involving five vehicles, and two crashes on North State Highway 45 from the westbound ramp to FM 620 with at least 13 vehicles involved.

We will have more information on the crashes as it becomes available.

7 a.m. Monday

The Travis County Sheriff’s Office is reporting a crash due to icy roads on the northbound side of State Highway 130 near the Onion Creek, south of State Highway 71.

The sheriff’s office says they are also shutting down the outside lane of SH 130 in an effort to get drivers to slow down.

Westbound Howard Lane is also closed near McNeil Road due to an icy bridge, the sheriff’s office says.

There’s a multi-car wreck on westbound State Highway 45 near Parmer Lane and Farm To Market Road 734.

An updated look at the Austin Energy outage map shows around 700 power outages still outstanding from the thousands reported during Sunday’s winter weather. Due to the number of outages, the power company is unable to give estimated times when power can be restored.

6:30 a.m. Monday

Pflugerville police are reporting roads around town are iced over and they are urging people to “avoid driving if possible.”

They reported a wreck that closed northbound lanes of State Highway 130 at Cameron Road. POlice say it’s a “major” collision and it’s unclear when the road will reopen.

TxDOT’s Chris Bishop joined KXAN News Today to talk about some of the trouble spots around Austin when it comes to icy roads.

5:30 a.m. Monday

Some roads around the Austin area are still icy as temperatures hover around freezing Monday morning, and those who use U.S. Highway 183 need to be particularly careful.

Overpasses on US 183 are freezing, authorities say, and the road was closed both directions from Spicewood Springs to Farm to Market Road 620 for a brief time Monday morning. It is currently open, but several wrecks have been reported on the highway, so use caution when traveling. We’ve also received reports of icy roads on Interstate 35 at Ben White Boulevard and U.S. Highway 290.

It’ll be a generally cold day with highs reaching the mid 40s, but temperatures should gradually rise and be above freezing across the area by 9 a.m.

11:30 p.m.

There are still around 4,000 customers in Austin without power after Sunday’s winter storm. In its last update of the night, Austin Energy reports that there are still 47 active outages in the area. Crews will continue to work throughout the night.

9:20 p.m.

Austin Energy estimates around 8,000 customers are without power in the Austin area after restoring power to 4,000 customers in the Interstate 35 and St. John’s area.

8:50 p.m.

We had thundersnow in Austin on Sunday. Check out the video above sent to us by Abby Gapko in central Austin.

8:30 p.m.

Bevo in the snow (Photo: Silver Spurs Alumni Association)

No matter the temperature — University of Texas mascot Bevo always looks cool. The Silver Spurs Alumni Associated shared this photo with us of Bevo taking in the winter weather on Sunday.

8 p.m.

Austin Energy reports there are approximately 14,000 customers currently without power. Austin Energy is telling families, who need warm shelter on Sunday night, to take advantage of the City of Austin’s cold weather shelters.

7:25 p.m.

Williamson County offices will be closed to the public on Monday, the county said in a release.

6:30 p.m.

As of 6:25 p.m., Austin Energy reports there are 137 active outages, causing about 23,000 customers to be without power due to Sunday’s winter storm.

Crews will work through the night to restore power in order of emergencies and critical need.

5:30 p.m.

Around 33,000 Austin Energy customers are without power as of 5 p.m. Austin Energy says crews are working to restore power in the area, but are unable to give a good estimate of when power will return to all areas.

Additionally, Austin Energy says many of the outages are due to the snow accumulating on tree branches and pushing the limbs into power lines.

4:45 p.m.

At least for one day, you can ski in Austin! Check this out from Murchison Middle School in west Austin.

KXAN’s Nabil Remadna captured a skier on Sunday afternoon.

3:50 p.m.

Fayette County deputies are responding to “numerous accidents” across the county, according to Sheriff Keith Korenek.

There are several wrecks along Interstate 10, State Highway 290, State Highway 71. State Highway 77 is currently shut down just inside of Lavaca County due to a major accident blocking the entire roadway.

Sheriff Korenek is asking all to stay off the road to keep deputies safe.

3:40 p.m.

Caldwell County offices will open at 10 a.m. Monday, the Caldwell County Office of Emergency Management announced.

COVID-19 test sites in Lockhart and Luling will reopen at 12 p.m. on Monday.

3:30 p.m.

Two power outages are currently affecting City of Georgetown customers, according to the City’s Facebook page. An estimated 4,000 customers are affected in Serenada area by an LCRA transmission outage and 1,000 customers are affected in the Quail Valley area due to a vehicle hitting a power pole.

Crews are responding to both outages. There’s no estimate on restoration yet.

3:15 p.m.

Austin Energy reports there are currently about 35,000 customers without power due to 129 active outages. Visit the Austin Energy Outage Map for information and resources.

3 p.m.

Several traffic signals near the intersection of U.S. 183 and Cameron Road are dark in all directions due to power outages in the area. Austin Transportation says drivers should treat the intersection as an all-way stop.

2:20 p.m.

Cold weather shelters have been activated for Sunday night, Austin Emergency Management announced. Single adults who need shelter should report to the Austin Central Library at 710 W. Cesar Chavez between 6 and 8 p.m. Families in need of shelter should report to the Downtown Salvation Army Shelter located at 501 E. Eighth St. by 6 p.m.

Austin HSEM says it will provide COVID-19 health screenings and temperature checks during registration for cold weather sheltering.

2:15 p.m.

Pflugerville ISD announced it will delay classes 90 minutes on Monday, Jan. 11, due to the weather and out of an abundance of caution. PfISD explains:

  • Elementary classes will start at 9:05 a.m.
  • Middle school classes will start at 9:50 a.m.
  • High school classes will start at 10:30 a.m.
  • Buses will operate regular routes, but on a 90-minute delay
  • School day will end at the normal time

Elgin ISD will be on a two-hour delay for Monday, Jan. 11. Families can visit elginisd.net for more information.

Smithville ISD will be on a two-hour delay for all campuses on Monday, Jan. 11 due to road conditions.

2 p.m.

Winter winds blowing in over Lake Travis in Point Venture.

1:40 p.m.

Austin Energy reports several power outages reported in the Austin-Travis County area, including:

  • About 2,603 customers affected in the South Congress area
  • About 196 customers affected in the Oak Hill area
  • About 154 customers affected in the East Riverside/East Oltorf area
  • About 3,028 customers affected near West Campus and downtown Austin near University of Texas
  • About 113 customers affected in Northwest Hills
  • About 161 customers affected between Allendale and Crestview

To see more outages and information about estimated restorations, visit the Austin Energy Outage Map.

One resident near 2222 and Mesa Drive captured a transformer blowing as power in the area went out.

1:30 p.m.

It’s still coming down in the Austin area. Here’s a look near Lakeline Mall.

1 p.m.

A serene scene as snow sticks to the streets in Oak Hill.

Kids playing in the snow in Woodcreek, Texas.

A wintry afternoon in Kyle, Texas.

Fayette County is being added to a Winter Weather Advisory for light wintry accumulations in the northern parts of the county.

12:15 p.m.

Snow falling on the Burnet Square in Burnet, Texas.

A winter wonderland at Hamilton Pool Road in Austin.

11:45 p.m.

The City of Austin announced all city pools will close at noon and reopen on Monday at 10 a.m.

11:21 a.m.

Austin Energy is reporting that more than 8,000 households are without power amid the winter storm that arrived in Central Texas this morning.

Most of the homes affected by outages are on either side of I-35 in the St Johns neighborhood in central Austin. According to Austin Energy, about 5,500 homes in that area are without power.

Another 2,383 homes in northwest Austin, just west of US 183, have been affected by outages, as have just over 200 homes off Mount Bonnell Road. In west Austin.

11 a.m.

10:45 a.m.

Snow coming down in Round Rock.

Snow falling in Austin near the Arboretum.

KXAN Meteorologist David Yeomans is in Cedar Park, where he says things have escalated.

“We’re up on 183 at the 45 flyovers and we actually have slushy accumulations on the roads and we have a full snow accumulation, a full white glaze on the 45 overpass from 183 to 45 in the Cedar Park area,” says Yeomans. “My photographer and I just saw someone had spun out and emergency crews were towing their vehicle. We also just saw two cars kiss bumpers as people appear to be driving a little bit too fast for the conditions.”

10:30 a.m.

10:16 a.m.

KXAN meteorologist David Yeomans is out and tracking the snow as it falls in Central Texas today.
“Even in downtown, as we’re just leaving the studio close to UT, rain has already transitioned pretty much over to this heavy, wet snow,” he said.

Snow at 183 and Duval in Austin.

10 a.m.

Snow falling in Manor.

Snow’s coming down in Point Venture.

9:45 a.m.

9:26 a.m.

Snow falling in a Georgetown backyard.

Snow in a Taylor, Texas, field.

(Courtesy of Betssi Ochoa)

It’s the first snow for little Norah in Liberty Hill!

(Courtesy of Jennifer King)

9:10 a.m.

Snow/sleet in Pflugerville.

A wintry mix falling in Round Rock.

8:50 a.m.

Snow seen falling in Troy, Texas, near Temple.

Snow in Cedar Park.

8:30 a.m.

Snow in Mason, Texas (KXAN/Ted Kerr)

7:45 a.m.

Sleet seen in Jarrell on Sunday morning (KXAN/Bobbi Klopf)

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