Most flights coming to and from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport have been canceled Thursday morning as a winter storm sends a hazardous mix of sleet and freezing rain over Austin.
Austin has seen the third-highest round of canceled outbound flights out of all U.S. airports, according to FlightAware, with 76% of flights (217) canceled so far. Most incoming flights have been canceled as well, with 65% of arriving routes affected.
❄️ Current airfield conditions are wet & our teams continue to monitor & respond to any ice accumulation, while airline crews de-ice their aircraft.
If you’re scheduled for one of the remaining flights today, please check in with your airline before heading to the airport. pic.twitter.com/2sm4j0QUOx
— Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) (@AUStinAirport) February 3, 2022
And as winter storms sweep the Midwest and South, 5,348 flights have been canceled nationwide. The Dallas-Fort Worth airport has garnered national attention as it closed its facilities through 11 a.m.
The latest bout of cancellations come amid a troubled season for airline travel. Last week a wintry nor'easter blasted through much of the U.S., canceling nearly 5,000 flights nationwide, while ABIA saw over 120 flights canceled or delayed on January 3 alone as the U.S. saw 12 straight days of 1,000+ flight cancellations at the height of the omicron surge.
ABIA senior public information officer Sam Haynes told Austonia that its runways are currently mostly wet, not icy, but that a sludgy mix has been reported in other areas of the airport.
"There's not a whole lot of ice on the runway," Haynes said. "We started to respond to some kind of a flushy mix on the taxiways, and then we have seen some ice on the land side surface areas. So those would be the garages, walkways and roadways, and we're monitoring and treating those."
In a tweet early Thursday morning, Austin-Bergstrom said its teams are responding to the icy mix that has accumulated on some surfaces. The airline recommended that those with scheduled flights check its status before making the hazardous trek to the airport.
Wind chill has plunged to the teens and will continue to drop after the winter storm welcomed Austinites with sleet and icy conditions early Thursday morning, leading some to feel PTSD from the devastation of February 2021's Winter Storm Uri.
The Texas Department of Transportation has recommended that Central Texans limit road travel to essential trips only, and the Drive Texas live map has reported icy and snowy conditions on overpasses of Austin roads including I-35, State Highway 45 and other stretches of road to the east and west of town.
"If your flight is confirmed, please travel safely and cautiously to the airport," Haynes said.
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So you want to buy a house?
To anyone trying to get on the "housing ladder," it's been a discouraging couple of years as prices skyrocketed in a market crowded with buyers bidding against each other for just about any available home.
Things may be calming down, with the Austin Board of REALTORS reporting fewer sales and more available homes this summer.
Mortgage rates have more than doubled in the last year, from around 3% to well over 6% on a 30-year fixed rate loan, getting even more of a bump this week after the Federal Reserve raised bank rates on Wednesday.
So how affordable are homes right now? That, of course, depends on what you want and how much you're able or willing to pay, but here are some rough estimates of what a typical buyer would pay to buy a $650,000 home, which would be considered "mid-price" in today's market.
Mortgage banker Chris Holland (NMLS 211033) of Austin's Sente Mortgage ran some numbers for Austonia to illustrate a typical purchase.
Holland says that while the 30-year fixed rate mortgage is often mentioned in the media, the most popular loan that he's seeing now is a 7/1 adjustable rate mortgage, which has a fixed rate for 7 years and then adjusts every year based on market rates, with a limit on how much it can increase each year. The interest is amortized over a 30-year period. Adjustable Rate Mortgages (ARMs) offer lower rates than fixed rate loans.
Here are the numbers, which are examples. In practice, exact numbers vary with a buyer's credit rating and overall financial situation, and with the rate, which can move up or down at any time.
- $650,000 home purchase price
- 7/1 ARM at 5.875%
- 5% down payment, equals $32,500
- 95% financed, equals $617,500
- $4,990 payment, including principle and interest (P&I), insurance, and property tax
- Typically, a borrower's debt to income ratio needs to be at or below 45%. So for this mortgage, a borrower, or borrowers, would need income of roughly $11,100/month, or $133,200/year. That number could be higher, depending on the buyer's outstanding credit balances on things like credit cards and car loans.
Holland says he's had a lot of clients approved for loans who were house hunting but have put that on hold, hoping prices come down.
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