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. #txwx pic.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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As Texas gets ready to lift the mandatory mask mandate on March 10, food and bar workers gathered at the Texas Capitol to express their frustration with the lack of COVID-19 precautions without adequate access to the COVID-19 vaccine.The event, which began at 1 p.m. on Monday, was hosted by the Austin chapter of Democratic Socialists of America, Restaurant Organizing Project and The Amplified Sound Coalition.
Christa McWhirter<p>Crystal Maher, a member of the Restaurant Organizing Project, stands in front of the Texas Capitol to express to other protesters in attendance how not being eligible for a vaccine has impacted her ability to safely keep her job. </p>
Christa McWhirter<p>Kiara Collins, Eric Santos and Taylor Escamilla are all essential workers who have been questioning their safety in their workplace. As many of the other protesters, the three wore masks with the word "Expendable" on it. According to Collins, they were only given to essential workers in attendance to represent how they have been treated since the onset of COVID-19.</p>
Christa McWhirter<p>As Maher continues to introduce speakers, two essential workers who came out to support the protest, record as counter-protesters heckled the event's speakers.</p>
Christa McWhirter<p>Some of the counter-protesters in attendance were live streamers from InfoWars, an extremist organization, who heckled speakers until the rally dispersed. </p>
Christa McWhirter<p>A representative of the Del Valle Community Coalition spoke about the impact the lack of vaccine access has had on the Del Valle area. As she attempted to give her speech, anti-masking protesters yelled at her causing many people to attempt to block them out.</p>
Christa McWhirter<p>Protesters blocked the way of anti-mask counter protesters as they heckled the event's speakers and held "My Body My Choice" signs. "It's kind of insane how they're using 'my body, my choice.' It doesn't only affect you. So it's not just your body," Taylor Escamilla said.</p>
Christa McWhirter<p>Jeanette Gregor, cofounder of Amplified Sound Coalition, also had to fend off counter-protesters as she gave an impassioned speech about the danger essential workers place themselves in by going to work and have yet to qualify for COVID-19 vaccine. </p>
Christa McWhirter<p>Around 2 p.m., State Troopers began to arrive at the Capitol amid heightening tensions from protesters and counter-protesters. As police presence began to increase, the event came to end about 15 minutes later. Despite the constant back and forth between sides and the arrival of law enforcement, the protest came to end peacefully.</p>
The world has changed drastically over the past year, and South by Southwest, one of Austin's most beloved institutions, has, too.
After being abruptly canceled by the city last year, one week before it was set to kick-off due to the increasing understanding of the potential impact of COVID-19, it returns this year in a virtual format March 16-20.
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Austin Public Health will release first dose COVID-19 vaccine appointments on a weekly basis starting Monday evening. The specific days and number of appointments made available will depend on the weekly allocation from the Texas Department of State Health Services.
Previously, APH released first dose appointments on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
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