Temperatures are expected to drop to a possible low of 22 degrees Fahrenheit, with freezing rain expected to begin the evening of Feb. 16. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning that remains in effect through the morning of Feb. 18. According to the warning, significant icing is expected on roads with up to two-tenths of an inch of accumulation possible. Drivers should expect hazardous travel conditions.
Hundreds of thousands of Austin Energy customers remained without power as of noon Feb. 16.
Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd
Mendez Middle School, 5106 Village Square Dr
Northeast Early College High School, 7104 Berkman Dr
Del Valle High School, 5201 Ross Rd, Del Valle, TX
More info: https://t.co/mFZZZn0AJu (2/2)
— City of Austin (@austintexasgov) February 16, 2021
Q: How do people get to warming centers if they can't drive?
Cronk: If you need a ride to a shelter, we've established a relationship with CapMetro and APD. Please call @ATX_311 Warming centers will stay open as long as weather dictates.
— Austin Energy (@austinenergy) February 16, 2021
Cold-weather shelters across Travis County remain open with limited capacity for residents who are vulnerable or have medical conditions, according to a Feb. 16 news release from the city of Austin.
Shelters available to residents tonight are located at:
- Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road, Austin
- Mendez Middle School, 5106 Village Square Drive, Austin
- Northeast Early College High School, 7104 Berkman Drive, Austin
- Del Valle High School, 5201 Ross Road, Del Valle
The Palmer Events Center remains the city’s primary warming center, according to the news release. The city of Austin further asks residents to shelter in their homes if they can do so to preserve limited spaces for vulnerable residents.
Residents can report to the facilities to check in for the night of Feb. 16.
UPDATE: Feb. 16, 3:35 p.m.
Austin Justice Coalition is opening part of its operation as a temporary shelter for residents in need on Feb. 16.
According to a social media post from Austin Justice Coalition executive director Chas Moore, the shelter will focus on housing elderly residents and families throughout the night. Residents are asked to contact Austin Justice Coalition for more information on shelter space and volunteer opportunities.
We've converted part of the Austin Justice Coalition space at the Servant Church (next to headquarters at 38th 1/2 st) into a temporary shelter for folks in the community who need to stay warm and fed. #thread
— Chas Moore (@iGiveYouMoore) February 16, 2021