Central Texas has been experiencing freezing temperatures this week, and the National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook for Feb. 2 due to the risk of additional ice accumulation.

On the evening of Feb. 1, more than 5,300 New Braunfels Utilities customers were reported to be without power due to two Lower Colorado River Authority transmission feeders going down.

Through coordination between NBU, Comal County and the city of New Braunfels, a warming station has been opened at Gruene United Methodist Church, located at 2629 E. Common St. in New Braunfels.

The utility company said they were able to transfer electricity for 1,000 customers from the affected feeders to adjacent substations, but a prolonged power outage is anticipated for nearly 4,300 customers.

Updates on electric and water outages in the area can be found at nbutexas.com/report-an-outage.

“The warming station is now open and accessible for those in need,” NBU said in a press release. “Residents needing shelter from the cold during the power outage are welcome. In addition, residents are urged to check on neighbors, family and friends during this time.”