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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...
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.
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.