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(National Weather Service Austin/San Antonio, TX)

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.

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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