AISD, UT, ACC Announce Tuesday Closures Due to Winter Weather

Concern over icy roads prompts closures

A map of Central Texas showing the freezing line. According to the National Weather Service: “Temps are below freezing in these areas per surface obs, so light icing potential will be possible with this activity. Exercise caution if travelling early this evening!” (courtesy of the National Weather Service)

In anticipation of what the National Weather Service is calling a “significant icing event” that will impact west-central Texas to the Tennessee and Lower Ohio Valleys, Austin schools and businesses spent Monday afternoon and evening making plans for Tuesday. Or rather, cancelling plans.

After first nixing all Monday extracurricular and after school events, Austin ISD went ahead and announced the closure of all schools and offices for Tuesday. Nodding at a continued not-great forecast, AISD announced via Twitter, “We will continue to monitor weather conditions and provide updates for Wednesday.”

The University of Texas followed suit this evening. Citing the threat of icy road conditions, UT will close all Austin facilities and cancel all classes and events on Tuesday. UT shuttle buses will not run.

Austin Community College shut down all campuses starting at 8pm Monday night and planned to remain closed to all in-person and remote closes for all of Tuesday.

Earlier today, the City announced it was activating cold weather shelters for the unhoused and anyone else needing a warm place to stay. While that’s standard procedure when the temperature drops below a certain threshold, the city’s cold weather response has continued to receive scrutiny since Winter Storm Uri. Cold weather shelters will remain open through at least Jan. 31. Find more information at the city’s Active Emergency Information Hub.

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