BURNET, Texas (KXAN) - Bluebonnets are not germinating properly due to the drought across Central Texas.
"We are looking at a white ribbon year, third place," said Burnet County agriculture extension agent Wade Hibler. "It is just not going to be too hot."
Bluebonnet plants need wet and cool conditions to grow. With little rainfall during the past three months and warmer temperatures, the plants have failed to pop out of their seeds.
Hibler said that during the month of December, bluebonnet plants should be visible and about the size of someone's hand. Earlier this year, he spread three pounds of bluebonnet seed in front of the Burnet County Courthouse Annex . Tuesday morning, he could not find one bluebonnet plant.
"The condition we are in right now, because it is so dry, these wildflowers aren't getting their head start as they are supposed to," Hibler said.
Hibler has hope the flowers will still pop up, but they just won't be as abundant.
"Things could still turn around," Hibler said.
Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg heads to court this week as a defendant in a civil trial that could oust her from office.
A 55-year-old man died in a single-vehicle crash just after midnight Monday morning near Lakeway.
More than 100 trees covered in lights now shine bright throughout Zilker Park. The Trail of Lights is open for another season.
A 10-year-old was killed while standing outside of a vehicle which lost control during the icy conditions, DPS said.
Travis County non-profit Center for Child Protection will benefit next March from an all day fundraiser at the Circuit of the Americas that will see plenty of donors racing on the track.
Late Saturday night into early Sunday morning, a light band of freezing drizzle traversed the I-35 corridor eastward. With sub-freezing temperatures, even the light precipitation created major problems.