A tough commute on Friday, but conditions easing

The East 290 frontage road still slick over the lunch hour on Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 (Julie Karam/KXAN)
The East 290 frontage road still slick over the lunch hour on Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 (Julie Karam/KXAN)

AUSTIN (KXAN) – Precipitation has eased up in the area going into the afternoon, but ice is still an issue on some

Crews de-ice South Mopac on Friday over the lunch hour (Julie Karam/KXAN)

Crews de-ice South Mopac on Friday over the lunch hour (Julie Karam/KXAN)

bridges and roadways. The lower deck is back open after it was closed for about an hour this

morning, but portions of Mopac and I-35 were still being rerouted during the lunch hour.

The roads are drying out right now, but stay here for updates as the evening commute approaches.

12:48 p.m. weather forecast shows warm weekend after ice moves out.

Traffic and roads from our noon newscast:

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The Austin Police Department reported 278 collisions on city roadways starting Thursday at 6 p.m. through 10 a.m. Friday. According to the Austin-Travis County EMS, they have already received many ice-related calls. On Friday they responded to four ice-related falls, including a 13-year-old who fell off a rooftop. Residents were advised to avoid all non-essential driving until the conclusion of the advisory when temperatures will go above freezing.

From morning newscast:

The Austin Fire Department has responded to 120 calls since Thursday at 6 p.m., most are traffic-related calls, people stranded in vehicles, and broken water pipes. Williamson County dispatched units to 58 accidents from 7 p.m. on Thursday to 6 a.m. on Friday, 17 of those accidents required transport from EMS. Combined, the state of Texas, Travis County and City of Austin deployed an estimated 81 service trucks performing preventative and de-icing measures on area roadways.

City of Austin government facilities will be closed on Friday, including the Parks and Recreation Centers and Senior Centers. City of Round Rock offices are also closed on Friday. Hays County offices will not open on Friday due to dangerous driving conditions. All parent-teacher conferences scheduled today in the Johnson City ISD have been cancelled.

Most roadways are operating normally, however some locations are still experiencing dangerous conditions and traffic delays.

Residents should expect slick conditions on hard surfaces, such as porches. Trash, recycling and yard trimmings collection will be delayed until Saturday. Friday customers should set out carts by 6:30 a.m. on Saturday for pick-up.

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is experiencing delays and many cancellations – there have already been 33 cancellations reported – 29 departures, 4 arrivals. All air travelers should check their flight status before arriving to ABIA at the airport’s website. ABIA will continue to keep the runways, taxiways and roadways clear throughout the winter storm while airlines de-ice their planes.

The University of Texas at Austin is officially closed Friday, Jan. 24, visit the university’s website for updates. Austin Community College campuses and centers will also close Friday, visit their website for updates as well. Capital Metro will reduce its services and operate on a Saturday level for all services Friday. Express bus and UT service will not operate. Passenger rail service between the Downtown and Lakeline stations will begin after 4 p.m. More information at www.capmetro.org. Travis County offices are closed Friday, Jan. 24. Non-emergency personnel should not report to work. Early voting locations for the House District 50 Special Election Runoff will open at noon and remain open until 7 p.m. Visit www.co.travis.tx.us for updates.

The Austin Public Library, LBJ Library and the Blanton Museum of Art will be closed due to icy conditions on Friday. All City of Austin golf courses will have a delayed opening time, golf patrons can call the golf telephone line at 512-974-9350 for information. Barton Springs Pool is open for “swim at your own risk” swimming. Texas Orthopedics will open all clinic locations at 12 p.m. on Friday.

The Austin-Travis County Emergency Operations Center has been activated and will continue monitoring conditions through the morning hours.

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