Even with the possibility of storms and a lack of on-site parking, the festival is still expected to take place, organizers said. Attendees are encouraged to use alternate forms of transportation, such as bikes, buses or ride-hailing apps.
The closure doesn’t impact the ABC Kite Festival’s planned breakfast and fun run, the Austin Parks and Recreation Department said. People attending those events will still be able to park at Zilker Park.
Put away those short-sleeves and get ready to crank the thermostat up. There’s a cold front a-brewin’ for Austin, and it’s set to hit late Thursday night into Friday morning. Expect freezing temperatures. It’s not supposed to get warmer than 37 degrees on Friday, and the weekend isn’t looking much better: The highest predicted temperature is 48 degrees.
Whether you’re happy we’re getting some more winter weather or you’re sad to have to wear a jacket, that doesn’t change the fact that it’s going to be a cold weekend. You probably know to cover your outdoor plants. Here are some more safety tips from the American Red Cross to get ready for the cold, as well as some ideas on what to do if you don’t feel like leaving the house.
Wear layers. Gloves and a hat will prevent you from losing body heat.
Bring your pets indoors. They may have fur, but if it’s too cold for you, it’s too cold for them.
Keep your thermostat temperature constant throughout the day and night in order to avoid bursting pipes, when it gets down to freezing temperatures.
Speaking of pipes, it helps to run trickling water to prevent your pipes from freezing. Open your kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Keep the garage doors closed if there are water lines in the garage. If pipes do freeze, thaw them slowly with an electric hair dryer.
Never use the oven or the stove to heat your home.
If you use a space heater, make sure it’s on a level surface and it’s at least three feet away from anything flammable, and make sure to turn them off before you go to bed (in your bed that has lots of blankets, of course).
Car tire pressure can be affected by just a 10 degree change in temperature, and when gone unchecked, could cause flat tires and lead to accidents. Make sure your car’s tires are inflated properly.
If you just don’t feel like leaving your cozy little abode this weekend, here are some things you can do at home:
Go on a Netflix binge (Like you weren’t already thinking about doing that this weekend.)
Welcome to Austin, where it’s 80+ degrees on Dec. 28. If today’s possibly record-setting heat is cramping your winter style, fear not: Here are five warm-weather alternatives to keep you busy until temperatures cool down enough to pull the sweaters back out.
You don’t have to make plans to catch Monday’s super supermoon. There’s just no way you’re going to miss it.
As the Weather Channel reports, the moon the night of Nov. 14 is set to be 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than an average full moon, and it is the “closest full moon to date in the 21st century,” NASA says. The moon won’t come this close to Earth again until 2034.
You might also see Monday’s moon referred to as the “Beaver Moon.” According to the Weather Channel, this is because this moon came “at the time of year when the early colonists and the Algonquin tribes set their beaver traps before the swamps froze.”
According to our five-day forecast, Monday night is set to be clear and cool — perfect for moon-gazing. Pull up a patch of grass and marvel at what may very well be the closest view of the moon you’ll ever get…
There isn’t a place in Texas you can have more fun, tube in tow, than Schlitterbahn. But how can you maximize your fun, your wave pool time and your entire park experience? The Houston Chronicle offers some helpful basics, and the American-Statesman has a few more to add. Start with sunscreen, and then check out the rest of these helpful Schlitterbahn suggestions
The busy days aren’t always the ones you’d think. As park COO Terri Adams told the Houston Chronicle, “Mondays are a big travel and park day. Often times they can be the second biggest attendance day of the week.” If we lived in an ideal world, we’d all be there on a Thursday.
Surf and save/ blast and save days.These special tickets are only available during the beginning and end of the summer season. Although only selected parts of the park are open, they are priced cheaper and ensure an emptier park as kids are back in school. Adult swim!
Shade. Find it and cling to it. Getting to the park a little early will best ensure your chance of securing a spot with shade, which can serve as a much-needed respite from that summer sun.
Literally go with the flow. If you’ve ever become trapped in the simulated rapids while tubing through a ride, do not panic. I repeat. Schlitterbahn has a way of moving even the most stubborn tubes along, so don’t worry, and enjoy the ride.
Thursday will see a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms and showers, with a high temperature of around 90. By Sunday and Monday, the chance for thunderstorms rises to 30 percent.
We don’t know about the rest of you, but here at the Statesman, we’re pretty tired of all this rain. It may be a good thing for Medina Lake, but it’s also a bad thing for local hiking trails— the Barton Creek Greenbelt just reopened on Wednesday after being closed for a week while Travis County was declared a disaster area.
Needless to say, we’re tired of the rain. And we’re not alone. The internet has voiced its woes, too.