Let the thaw begin: warmer temperatures ahead

Things are slowly getting better in our part of Central Texas.
According to the Pedernales Electric Coop outage map, just about everyone in Cedar Park and Leander has electricity this morning. If you don’t, it’s due to transmission issues like downed power lines or transformers, not because of the dreaded rolling blackouts, and PEC says it has scrambled everyone they can to repair those issues.
And, while people in Leander are under a notice to boil tap water, most people in the the area have it. Also, yay!
The National Weather Service forecast says today’s high temp should top the freezing mark by early this afternoon … and stay there for a couple of hours before dropping to the upper teens or lower 20s overnight for the final freeze of this particular weather event.
Another reason to cheer!
Whether everyone has solid internet service is question best left for later examination and the streets are still trecherous.
Thawing should begin today and certainly by tomorrow. That’s great.
But, as Cedar Park Mayor Corbin Van Arsdale put it, once the thaw sets in, “Many with frozen pipes will for the first time realize they actually have broken pipes.”
This may require you to shut off water to your home, call a plumber and file an insurance claim.
“Be sure to photograph and video all damage, for your conversation with your insurance agent/adjuster,” Van Ardsale advised. He also noted, wryly, that keeping with our experiences of the last year, your conversation will probably be by Zoom or FaceTime.
Cedar Park will begin distributing bottled water today at noon at the Recreation Center for those with out water due to broken water pipes. There is a limit of one case per car and will continue until all the bottle water is given out.
The city is also standing up a water bottle filling station in Buildings 3 and 4 at City Hall. The station will be open Friday noon-5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Bring your own empty containers and ther is a 20 gallon per family limit.
Here’s your cheery weekend weather forecast.
Today — Sunny, with a high near 35. Northwest wind around 5 mph becoming south in the afternoon.
Tonight — Mostly clear, with a low around 18. South wind around 5 mph.
Saturday — Sunny, with a high near 49. South wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
Saturday Night — Partly cloudy, with a low around 37. South wind around 10 mph.
Sunday — Partly sunny, with a high near 58. South wind 10 to 15 mph becoming west in the afternoon.
Sunday Night — Partly cloudy, with a low around 33. West wind 5 to 10 mph becoming north in the evening.

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