snow day
12:36 pm
Fri February 4, 2011

Austin's Snow Day 2011 Offers Rare Chance for Sledding

Dee Meador shows off his friend's Flexible Flyer at the hill behind Murchison Middle School on February 4, 2011.
Photo by Matt Largey/KUT.

Hundreds of people flocked to Murchison Middle School this morning for the chance to sled on fresh powder.  Cardboard boxes, Tupperware tops and even a Big Wheels tricycle with cardboard duct taped to the wheels passed for sleds.

Meantime, in Butler Park near the Palmer Events Center...

Sports
12:34 pm
Fri February 4, 2011

Super Bowl XLV's Local Flavor

Cowboys stadium will host Super Bowl XLV this Sunday, February 6.
Steve Carlton http://www.flickr.com/photos/stevencarlton/3939882262/sizes/z/in/photostream/

This Sunday's Super Bowl will showcase two of the league's premier quarterbacks: Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers and Pittsburgh's two-time champion Ben Roethlisberger. But along with that, Super Bowl XLV will also feature former Texas Longhorns and players who made names for themselves in the Lone Star State. Sunday's big game, played in Dallas Cowboys Stadium (or "Jerry World", as some people refer to it) will be a homecoming for some of the players.

Here's our list of Texas football players looking forward to the game of their lives this Sunday.

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snow day
12:15 pm
Fri February 4, 2011

Snow Closures, Delays for February 4, 2011

Travis Heights residents woke up to a blanket of snow this morning Photo courtesy of KUT Listener Mary Parmer

Updated at 12:15 pm: People are out in the streets playing in the snow this morning! A winter storm warning is in effect until noon today.  Austin police say there is ice on some roads and that some cars are slipping and sliding.  APD says there are more accidents out there this morning than usual.  Police have closed eastbound SH 71 in the 19500 block, due to icy conditions.  APD have also barricaded the intersection of East 8th St. and San Jacinto Blvd., because of icy condition at that hilly intesection

Most streets in Austin are clogged with compacted snow and ice, making for very slick conditions. In the past 12 hours, Austin Fire Department has responded to about 100 collisions.

AFD reports 50 alarm activations, many of which were related to broken water pipes.  Learn how to shut off the water to your home by watching this video.

There are some flight delays and cancellations at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, as well.  Check with ABIA or your carrier for up-to-date information.  Capital Metro busses are operating on a Sunday service level.  No MetroRail or UT shuttles service today.

Read our list of closures here:

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snow day
12:14 pm
Fri February 4, 2011

Central Texas Snowfall Amounts Ranged From 0.5 To 2 Inches

Snow is beginning to melt in some areas that are receiving direct sunlight, like here, at Dean Keaton and Guadalupe Streets.
Image by Nathan Bernier for KUT News

The National Weather Service released snowfall totals for towns and cities in Central Texas. (Here's how they measure it.) These numbers are from 10:42 a.m. 

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snow day
12:13 pm
Fri February 4, 2011

Snow Means Travis County Can Lift Burn Ban...For Now

With snow blanketing the ground, Travis County has decided that lighting an outdoor fire probably isn't a huge risk.
Image by Mose Buchele for KUT News

In unincorporated parts of Travis County, outdoor burning is back on.

County Commissioners voted earlier this week to cut short the current burn ban, ending it at 12:01 a.m. Saturday.  In a release from the Travis County Fire Marshal Hershel Lee's office this morning, the ban is being suspended Saturday through Monday, to allow for he what terms, "necessary burning operations to be conducted."

Commissioners' Court will vote on Tuesday on whether to reinstate the prohibition on any outdoor burning.

Business
11:43 am
Fri February 4, 2011

Job Growth Slows in January

More Jobs in January, but not many
Picture by KUT News

The national unemployment rate dropped from 9.4% to 9% in January.  But the country only added 36,000 jobs.  The decrease came in part because of an increase people not looking for work, what the U.S. Department of Labor calls "marginally attached and discouraged" workers.  The manufacturing and retail sectors were added the most jobs.  Construction, transportation and warehousing shed the most jobs.

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snow day
9:30 am
Fri February 4, 2011

Pictures Of Austin Winter Snow Storm 2011

Here are photos from our users. We have even more here.

Here are photos of snow downtown and the State Capitol Austin from KUT's Nathan Bernier.

KUT's Ben Philpott took video of this truck that got stuck.

Slipping and sliding on Lavaca St.

cold weather
5:18 pm
Thu February 3, 2011

How To Shut Off The Water To Your Home


The city is urging people to locate the shutoff valve for their water mains in case pipes burst and begin spewing water. City of Austin crews have responded to at least 335 calls for lost water service since Tuesday.

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Texas
2:19 pm
Thu February 3, 2011

Report: 2009 Fort Hood Massacre Could Have Been Prevented

Soldiers bow their heads at a memorial ceremony held days after the Fort Hood shootings in Nov. 2009. A new report suggests the FBI and Army failed to act on information that may have prevented the attack.
Image by KUT News

A new report issued today by two US Senators says the FBI and military officials repeatedly ignored signs that Nidal Hasan was a "ticking time bomb".  Hasan is facing court martial over the November 2009 shootings at Fort Hood, an army post

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cold weather
1:05 pm
Thu February 3, 2011

Live Blogging ERCOT News Conference

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas is holding a news conference to discuss yesterday's events. Follow it live here.

Energy
1:01 pm
Thu February 3, 2011

City Says it Can't Give Neighborhoods Advance Notice During Those Rotating Energy Cutoffs

Photo by Callie Hernandez for KUT.

People are being urged to continue conserving energy, as temperatures remain below freezing.  ERCOT, the state's grid operator, says the state's electric emergency situation has ended.  Energy generation reserves are in better shape today than they were yesterday.  Still, folks have a lot of questions about Wednesday's rolling power outages.  Specifically, some KUT listeners thought Austin Energy did a bad job of communicating what was going on Wednesday. 

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cold weather
12:47 pm
Thu February 3, 2011

State Regulator Declares End To Power Emergency

The dark clouds of yesterday's power emergency are clearing, ERCOT says, but winter weather is still expected to cause some travel delays.
Nasha Lee, KUT News

The rolling power outages are over, but the state's energy regulator would still like for you to conserve electricity.  The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) says it is ending the emergency procedures it put in place early yesterday mornin

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cold weather
12:28 pm
Thu February 3, 2011

Forecast Now Calls For One Inch Of Snow Or Less

Photo of National Weather Service map

An updated forecast from the National Weather Service suggests the snowfall may be so light that it melts as soon as it touches the ground.

SNOWFALL TOTALS OF A DUSTING TO AROUND ONE INCH ARE FORECAST OVER THE EASTERN HILL COUNTRY AND AREAS ALONG THE I-35 CORRIDOR.

You certainly shouldn't expect to be doing this.

cold weather
11:57 am
Thu February 3, 2011

Austin Has One Snow Truck For Every 47,000 Residents

A dump truck outfitted with a sanding device in 2009. The city has 15 trucks ready to clear the city if it snows tonight.
Photo by Nathan Bernier for KUT News

An ice or snow storm that wouldn't even slow a northeastern city can cripple Austin, as it did in 2007. Our highway overpasses stretch into the sky, making them easily ice over when temperatures drop. And because it snows so infrequently, we don't have a legion of trucks ready to clear the streets.

"We have three sand trucks on standby right now, with another twelve available, if necessary," City of Austin spokesman David Matustik told KUT News.  That amounts to about one truck for every 47,000 Austin residents.

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Energy
6:18 am
Thu February 3, 2011

City: No Power Outages Expected Today, But Just in Case Find Austin Energy's Map Here

Photo courtesy of Miranda Martin/via Flickr

**Update @ 7: 20 a.m.: ERCOT says the state's grid condition is improving but it's still urging people to conserve energy, especially before 9 a.m.  From the press release: "Although immediate concerns for the possibility of rotating outages this morning are reduced, ERCOT will be monitoring the grid closely because additional unexpected major losses of generation could force operators to begin emergency procedures to avoid an uncontrolled statewide blackout."


Earlier:

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