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Gov. Abbott issues disaster declaration in preparation for deep freeze

The Texas Capitol after it snowed last month. Snow is expected to hit Austin in the coming week. (Bob Daemmrich)

Due to the severe, record-breaking winter weather Texas is and will continue experiencing over the next week, Gov. Greg Abbott issued a disaster declaration across all 254 counties, expanding state resource deployment on Friday.


The declaration orders the Texas State Operations Center to expand operations to 24-hours per day until the end of next week, assisting local officials and severe weather response efforts.

"Texas should heed the guidance of their local leaders and stay alert to changing weather conditions in their area," Abbott said in a press release. "These resources will help us respond to this severe winter weather and keep our communities safe. The State of Texas remains in close contact with officials on the ground and will provide any additional resources and support that are needed."

The Texas Division of Emergency Management has deployed the following resources to response operations:

  • Winter weather roadway preparation equipment, road condition monitoring and response crews by the Texas Department of Transportation
  • Courtesy patrols to assist stranded motorists along major corridors by the Texas Highway Patrol and the Texas Department of Public Safety
  • Four-wheel drive vehicles with personnel to assist stranded motorists along major travel corridors by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
  • Motor graders to assist with snow/ice clearance and saw crews to remove fallen trees by the Texas A&M Forest Service
  • Search and rescue teams by the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service and the Texas Task Force 1
  • Power outage monitoring and reporting by the Public Utility Commission of Texas
  • Response crews to address livestock concerns by the Texas Animal Health Commission

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Tito's releases (not so?) ugly sweater line for the holidays, profits to charity

Tito's Handmade Vodka

Show your love for Tito's and for the community this year with a wide selection of not that ugly, uglyish, ugly, uglier, and ugliest holiday sweaters.

There's lots choose from, and plenty of accessories like scarves and socks, plus gear for your dog, too.

All of the items can be purchased online or at the Love, Tito’s Retail Store in Austin, TX. 100% of all net proceeds from online or in-store purchases go to one of the nonprofits we’ve teamed up with.

Click here to see the entire collection in the Tito's store.

Mac and Cheese Fest and Free Art Exhibit
Waterloo Greenway, Good Vibrations Installation


🗓 All weekend

🎨 Creek Show Art Exhibit

Check out this highly anticipated art exhibition with illuminated art along Waller Creek. Tickets are free and the event includes food vendors, dazzling lights, live music, and hands-on activities

All weekend 6 p.m - 10 p.m | 📍Waterloo Park

✨ Mozart's Light Show

This iconic holiday tradition lights up for the first time this holiday season starting this weekend! Reserve your spot for an enchanting light and sound performance, delicious hot cocoa, sweet treats, and some overall fun with your friends or family. The show runs till January 6th.

6 p.m and 9 p.m | 📍Mozart's Coffee Roasters - 3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703

🗓 Saturday

🥊 Kickboxing in the Park

This fitness event is free and open to the public. Get your morning started right with a "Fitness in the park" class for kickboxing! The class will be led by certified instructors and is a great way to get a cardio workout in while also honing your self-defense skills.

10 a.m - 11 a.m | 📍 Metz Park

🛍 The Front Market

Support local LBGTQ+ and female artists at this outdoor market with over 150 vendors. Get your holiday shopping out of the way at this event, with vendors for food trucks, handmade goods, raffles, hands on workshops and activities, and more.

11 a.m - 5 p.m | 📍Ani's Day and Night - 7107 E Riverside Drive, Austin, TX 78741

🗓 Sunday

🧀 Mac and Cheese Fest

Did someone say cheese?! If you're like me and always willing to get your hands on a bowl of mac and cheese, then this event is for you. Check out the Mac and Cheese festival happening this weekend to decide which vendor has. the best mac and cheese for yourself, and enjoy the bar with creative cocktails while you're at it. Tickets start at $45.

11 a.m - 3 p.m | 📍Lantana Place - 7415 Southwest Parkway