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Winter storm prompts third day of mass closures, additional warming centers open in Austin

(Austonia)

Austin schools, grocery stores, vaccine providers, public transit and airlines announced a third day of closures and other service impacts due to the ongoing winter storm, which has caused mass power outages and other issues. Local officials and community organizations have also opened additional warming centers due to demand.


Austin ISDcanceled classes Wednesday and Thursday as buses cannot transport students and internet and power outages may affect their ability to attend online classes. Friday will be an asynchronous learning day. The district will apply for a waiver from the Texas Education Agency to avoid needing bad weather makeup days.

Eanes ISD closed all facilities and canceled remote instruction Wednesday. The district will provide updates on its website.

The University of Texas at Austin campus will remain closed at least through Thursday morning and all classes and events, including virtual and online ones, are canceled.

Austin Community College will remain closed through Sunday, with all online and remote classes also canceled.

St. Edward's University has canceled all on-campus and remote work, virtual classes and activity through Friday morning.

Capital Metro suspended all services Wednesday, after doing the same on Monday and Tuesday. The transit agency is focusing on supporting those at cold weather shelters and those in need of life-saving trips, according to a spokesperson.

H-E-B's Austin stores will be open from noon to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, except for the following locations, which will be closed:

  • Hwy. 183 & Lakeline
  • 620 & 2222
  • 7th & Pleasant Valley
  • Spicewood Springs & 183
  • Well Branch & 1825
  • Slaughter & Menchaca
  • Riverside and S. Pleasant Valley
  • 183 & 290
  • FM1431 & 183
  • Lamar & Rundberg
  • Parmer & McNeil
  • Parmer & I-35
  • Anderson & 620
  • S. Congress & 1-35
  • Parmer & MoPac

Central Market's North Lamar location will be open from noon to 6 p.m. on Wednesday. Its Westgate location will be closed due to a power outage.

Trader Joe's locations—on Great Hills Trail, at Seaholm and in Rollingwood—are all closed Wednesday.

Wheatsville Food Coop's Guadalupe location will be open from noon to 10 p.m. on Wednesday and from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Thursday. Its South Lamar location is closed.

Whole Foods' five Austin locations—Plaza Saltillo, Lamar, Domain, Gateway and Arbor Trails—are all closed Wednesday. According to the store location, all will reopen Thursday morning.

Target's Austin locations are all open.

Austin Public Health closed its COVID-19 testing sites and vaccine clinics on Monday and Tuesday due to inclement weather and has not yet provided an update.

UT Health Austin, the clinical wing of Dell Medical School and one of two vaccine hub providers in Travis County along with Austin Public Health, canceled all vaccine appointments through Thursday. Staff will reach out to appointment holders to reschedule at a later date.

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport plans to resume flights at 1 p.m. Wednesday and advises travelers to check their flight status with their airlines as some delays and cancellations are still expected.

The U.S. Postal Service temporarily suspended mail processing operations at six Texas plants Tuesday. Two have since resumed operations.

Walmart closed 306 Texas stores due to the winter storm, but its Supercenter locations on West Anderson Lane, W. Hwy. 290 and East Ben White Boulevard are still open. A map of the closures can be found here.

Warming centers

Warming centers currently open to the public can be found at:

  • Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road, Austin
  • Del Valle High School, 5201 Ross Road, Del Valle
Austin ISD has also opened two daytime warming centers, where residents can warm up and charge essential medical devices. They will be open until 9 p.m.:
  • Barrington Elementary School, 400 Cooper Drive, Austin
  • Joslin Elementary School, 4500 Menchaca Road, Austin
  • Russell Lee Elementary School, 3308 Hampton Road, Austin
  • Murchison Middle School, 3700 N. Hills Drive, Austin
The Austin Disaster Relief Network has also activated a network of faith-based locations to open as shelters, which can be found here. Residents should bring things such as a change of clothes, toiletries, pillows, blankets, bed mats, extra dry food and water to church shelters.

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