Power back on for 1,700 homes in Pflugerville

Texas breaks energy usage record.
Texas breaks energy usage record.

PFLUGERVILLE, Texas (KXAN) — Crews managed to restore power to about 1,700 customers after being without power in Pflugerville during a very cold morning, temperatures hovering around freezing.

The Windermere area was in thedark due to a transformer issue for about 45 minutes. Oncor says part of a tree fell on a power line, apparently ice-related.

Meanwhile, Bluebonnet Electric reports 569 people are without power east of Austin.

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, or ERCOT, had issued a conservation alert until 9 a.m. Tuesday — urging everyone to stay conscious about their energy use. Officials later thanked everyone for conserving energy, adding that the March demand broke a record set back in

As cold air remains in place and a storm system pushes through, Mother Nature set the stage for a potentially major icing event.

Officials issued Winter Storm Warnings and Winter Weather Advisories for much of Central Texas, in effect through 9 a.m. Tuesday.  Most of what fell Tuesday morning came down in the form of rain.

However,  a few areas of freezing rain — mixing with pellets of sleet — continued through late Tuesday morning. The biggest concern for ice came on elevated roadways, including bridges and overpasses, along with exposed surfaces such as patios, cars, and railings.

Meanwhile, the weather conditions have spurred several area closures and delays for schools and businesses.

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