Area placed under winter weather advisory; Area schools releasing early

Published 9:43 am Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Austin will be placed in a winter weather advisory ahead of the early spring storm beginning to barrel it’s way through the midwest.

According to the National Weather Service, official start of the advisory will be 10 p.m. tonight and will stretch through to 10 a.m. Thursday.

While Austin is looking like it will dodge the worst of the storm, which could dump as much as a foot of snow in some places in Minnesota, the area is likely to see a wintery mix with ice accumulations of 1/10th to 2/10th of an inch, impacting travel.

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Winds are also expected to gust up to 45 miles per hour, leading to the possibility of power outages and tree damage.

Later today, Austin could see a total snow accumulation of one to two inches with snow amounts of under an inch possible Thursday through Friday.

Conditions deteriorated quickly late this morning as heavy snow began to fall, covering roadways. According to Mower County Sheriff Steve Sandvik, non emergency travel was not recommended as visibility was down to just one-eighth of a mile. In Lyle, the school announced an early closing of 12:30 p.m.  Riverland Community College will close all campuses at 2 p.m.

Austin Public Schools will be dismissing early today, April 10, 2019.

Please be advised of the following release times:

  • ​CLC Pre-School Programming will dismiss at 11:30 a.m.
  • Woodson K-Center will dismiss at 12:05 p.m.
  • Elementary Schools will dismiss at 12:35 p.m.
  • IJ Holton, Ellis Middle School, and Austin High School will dismiss at 12:55 p.m.

All Austin Public Schools events scheduled for this evening, April 10, 2019, have been cancelled due to inclement weather. This includes athletic contests, adult education classes, community education classes, meetings, concerts and athletic practices.

Pacelli Schools will be dismissing early today, April 10, 2019.

  • Kindergarten-6th grade will dismiss at 12:20 p.m.
  • 7th-12th grade will dismiss at 12:55 p.m.
  • NO afternoon preschool.

Shamrock Zine will remain open until 6:00 p.m.  The Lenten Soup supper will still be available tonight at St. Augustine’s from 5:15-6:00 p.m.  All sports practices are cancelled.