As Austin residents prepare for freezing conditions on Thursday, local school districts are announcing school closures.
The winter storm is expected to hit Thursday morning and last through the weekend, in which some schools have made plans for both Thursday and Friday off.
Here is the ongoing list of school closures:
- Austin ISD- All AISD offices and schools will be closed due to the weather on Thursday and Friday. Extracurriculars will also be canceled starting Wednesday afternoon.
- Del Valle ISD- All schools and offices will be closed on both Thursday and Friday. Extracurricular activities have also been canceled.
- Eanes ISD- All schools and offices will be closed on Thursday and a decision for Friday classes will be made on Thursday afternoon.
- Hays ISD- School is canceled for both Thursday and Friday.
- Huston-Tillotson University- Thursday and Friday classes will be moved online.
- Lake Travis ISD- Classes have been canceled on Thursday but no decision has been announced for Friday.
- Leander ISD- Classes have been canceled on Thursday with a decision for Friday classes being announced on Thursday afternoon.
- Pflugerville ISD- Classes are canceled for Thursday and a decision for Friday will be announced on Thursday afternoon.
- Round Rock ISD- School and extracurricular activities are canceled for both Thursday and Friday.
- Trinity Episcopal School of Austin- Classes on Thursday have been canceled with no announcement on Friday yet.
- Austin Community College- ACC was the first Austin-area college to cancel classes for both Thursday and Friday.
- Texas State University- Classes in-person and online are canceled for both Thursday and Friday.
- The University of Texas at Austin- Classes will be canceled on Thursday.
- St. Edward's University- Thursday and Friday classes will be moved online.
Austin police are investigating the killing of Moriah "Mo" Wilson after she was found with gunshot wounds inside an Austin home.
Wilson, a gravel and mountain bike racer, was visiting Austin from Colorado in preparation for the Gravel Locos race on Saturday taking place in Hico, a small town 2 hours from Austin.
On Wednesday, her roommate came home and found Wilson unresponsive with "a lot of blood near her,” police said. It is now being investigated as a suspicious death. No further information on the suspect or motive behind the killing are available at this time.
Wilson recently had become a full-time biker after winning a slew of races in the past year.
Some of your favorite Instagram filters can’t be used in Texas anymore and Austinites are sounding off on social media.
Meta, Facebook and Instagram’s parent company, announced on Wednesday that certain filters would no longer be available in Texas.
The change is a result of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s lawsuit against Meta, alleging the company uses facial recognition technology that violates laws in Texas. A release from Meta says it stopped using facial recognition tech in November 2021 and denies Paxton’s allegations.
Some Austinites bemoaned the shift, saying some of their favorite filters were now unavailable.
This was my FAVORITE filter on @instagram and they done removed it cause I’m in Texas ! Like wowwwwww pic.twitter.com/uX60hdIC0Q
— Pinkyy Montana (@inkstar_pinkyy) May 11, 2022
i heard that instagram filters got banned in texas? what the actual fuck y’all better give me my favorite filter back
— lia 🤍 (@liatootrill) May 11, 2022
loved this stupid filter sm i hate texas pic.twitter.com/DXr9mmUc64
— birthday boy jeno 🎂 (@beabtox) May 12, 2022
But more often than not, locals joked about the ban.
Texas women seeing the filter ban on IG pic.twitter.com/yDMcP3Qtsr
— Christian (Anabolic) Flores (@christian_flo24) May 11, 2022
So, the state of Texas has banned filter use on IG? THE END IS NEAR. 😂
— THE FRANCHISE! Франшиза (@NYCFranchise718) May 12, 2022
And some in-between chose to show off some natural beauty.
I live in Texas, but no filter needed. 😉 pic.twitter.com/A6teRgYMKn
— bad and bruja (@starseedmami) May 11, 2022
filter, no filter..texas women still reign supreme.
— 🎍 (@_sixile) May 11, 2022
Finally, some are trying to cash in on the opportunity.
Texas IG users- if you want to filter your picture cashapp me $1.50 $ErvnYng
— Gemini (@ervn_y) May 11, 2022
Meta said it plans to create an opt-in system for both Texas and Illinois residents, who are facing the same issues.