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One more hard freeze to finish out the wintry week
(National Weather Service Austin/SanAntonio/Twitter)

Austinites will have to brace themselves for one more freezing night as temperatures dip into the 20s once more across Central Texas.

The National Weather Service has issued a Hard Freeze Warning for Central Texas on Friday night, meaning the blistering cold can return and refreeze leftover icy patches.


The warning comes as the city of Austin scrambles to get all of its customers power and water after a week of outages. As of 7 p.m. Friday, 15,000 are still without electricity for a final chilly night.

Those without power are also in for another challenge. The city of Austin is currently under a boil water effect, but some are unable to power a stove to begin with.

The city has said it will announce deliveries of safe drinking water and how they will distribute it on Friday night.

Meanwhile, as the city hunkers down for another night, the NWS said that icy patches can make travel hazardous once again.

Austinites are reminded to look out for the four Ps—People, Plants, Pets and Pipes—as the record-breaking winter storm comes to a close.

For those seeking shelter, some warming centers are still at limited capacity around the city for the night, including:

  • Del Valle High School, 5201 Ross Road, Del Valle, TX 78617
  • Mendez Middle School, 5106 Village Square, 78744
  • Reilly Elementary School, 405 Denson Drive, 78752

After Friday night, the wait for warmer days is finally over. Saturday will be sunny and reach highs in the 50s, while Sunday should never drop to freezing temperatures as highs rise into the 60s.

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