A massive storm hitting all 254 counties of Texas has prompted record wintertime demand for power, hours-long power outages, school closures and a federal emergency declaration.
Local officials are encouraging residents to stay home, conserve energy and avoid driving. Some bundled up Austinites ventured out for a snowy walk Monday morning, where they were greeted with more than six inches of snow in certain parts of town.
A snowboarder takes advantage of the fresh snow on South Congress Avenue. (Austonia staff)
The Willie Nelson statue outside of the Austin City Limits studio got a fresh layer of snow. (Laura Figi)
Kids play outside in Central Austin Sunday evening. (Christa McWhirter)
An Austonia reader submitted this backyard photo on Monday.
Littlefield Fountain at the University of Texas at Austin hadn't yet frozen over Monday morning. (Matt Vermaire)
UT Austin students walk across campus. (Matt Vermaire)
A helpful sign warns passersby of treacherous conditions. (Christa McWhirter)
A homeless camp along Lady Bird Lake was snowed in midday Monday. (Austonia staff)
Drivers venture out in the snow Sunday evening. (Christa McWhirter)
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The last night Stephanie Landgraf, 25, spent in her apartment, off of Rundberg Lane, was on Valentine's Day. First, her power went off, only to return shortly after the complex lost water. Since then, she's been staying with friends. "There's no end in sight," she told Austonia. "At this point, I'm just angry."
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