This story was updated at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning to include the latest weather forecast information.
With more than two hundred thousand Austin Energy customers without power and countless businesses closed due to the historic winter weather, the National Weather Service announced a second winter storm warning is in effect starting Tuesday evening.
Although Austin temperatures are expected to increase over the next few days—to a forecasted high of 39 on Wednesday compared 29 on Monday—the Central Texas region is expected to face freezing rain on Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, according to NWS. A second round of precipitation—this time a mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain—is expected Wednesday night into Thursday morning.
Another Winter Storm Warning is in effect from Tuesday night through Wednesday night as additional rounds of wintry precipitation are possible. Tuesday night is expected to be primarily freezing rain while Wednesday night may be a mix of rain, freezing rain, sleet and snow. #txwxpic.twitter.com/4QGI7ZZ7Tb
— NWS Austin/San Antonio (@NWSSanAntonio) February 15, 2021
This weather will likely lead to slippery road conditions that could make travel dangerous. The frigid cold has hardened any ice that partially melted during the daytime and has led to patches of black ice on roadways and concrete surfaces, according to NWS. Additional rain on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings will lead to accumulated ice on roads.
Cold wind chills could also result in hypothermia if precautions aren't taken. A hard freeze warning is in effect until noon on Tuesday and poses a threat to people, pets and pipes that are outdoors.
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Giga Texas, the massive Tesla factory in southeast Travis County is getting even bigger.
The company filed with the city of Austin this week to expand its headquarters with a new 500,000-square-foot building. The permit application notes “GA 2 and 3 expansion,” which indicates the company will make two general assembly lines in the building.
More details about the plans for the building are unclear. The gigafactory has been focused on Model Y production since it opened in April, but the company is also aiming for Cybertruck production to kick off in mid-2023.
While there is room for expansion on the 3.3 square miles of land Tesla has, this move comes after CEO Elon Musk’s recent comments about the state of the economy and its impact on Tesla.
In a May interview with Tesla Owners Silicon Valley, Musk said the gigafactories in Berlin and Austin are “gigantic money furnaces” and said Giga Texas had manufactured only a small number of cars.
And in June, Musk sent a company wide email saying Tesla will be reducing salaried headcount by 10%, then later tweeted salaried headcount should be fairly flat.
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You’ll have to leave city limits if you’re looking for a proper ranch property like 417 Acres Shipp Lake Ranch, aptly named for its acreage. The property comes built out with three farmhouses, one of which has bedrooms and two bathrooms and two of which have two bedrooms and one bathroom. The nearly untouched property, which surrounds the 100-plus-acre Shipp Lake, has remained in the same family since the early 1900s and gives you picturesque views for the making of a dream home. In fact, the previous owners ran a water ski camp on the property.
Sitting waterside on Lake Austin, this home gives you the unique opportunity to own a piece of the lush Hill Country with views of Mount Bonnell. The 2,750-square foot, three-bedroom, four-bathroom house allows you to integrate indoor and outdoor life with large windows opening to an outdoor living area. The crown jewel is the .76-acre parcel of land that tapers off to your own lakeside resort, featuring an covered outdoor kitchen, fire pit, stone boat house to store your water sports supplies and veranda sitting at the mouth of the water, perfect for an entertainer.
Got dreams of becoming a real Texas rancher? 7814 Brown Cemetery Rd. is the perfect place to start with 40 rolling acres of land and its very own swimming hole. Just east of Austin in Manor, the modest-on-the-outside home clocks at 4,412 square feet with five bedrooms and five-and-a-half bathrooms, but there are an additional two living structures on the property. The horseshoe-shaped pond sits in the heart of the property and comes equipped with a water slide, diving board and a fishing dock.