AUSTIN (KXAN) - A dangerous situation is being made even more complicated as a dynamic weather system impacts West, Texas.
Gusty south winds all Thursday morning ahead of an approaching cold front acted to spread smoke, air pollution and any potentially hazardous airborne chemicals released by the major explosion toward areas north of the blast.
The strong cold front has now moved through the town of West early Thursday morning, swinging winds around from the south to the north-northwest. This will act to transport any airborne pollution in the complete opposite direction – blowing now toward areas south and southeast of the blast.
In addition to the wind shift potentially making any ongoing firefighting efforts more difficult, the cold front is bringing scattered showers and thunderstorms with strong wind gusts and numerous lightning to the area impacted by the explosion.
Airborne pollution from this situation is not expected to affect the Austin area.
The town of West is located far to our north-northeast out 120 miles. The north-northwesterly wind component in West will blow any airborne pollution and smoke toward areas east of Interstate 35.
The freezing and near-freezing rain that swooped into Central Texas overnight prompted numerous school closings and delays and made for a harrowing morning commute on Friday.
A man is charged with murder in the shooting death Wednesday of a woman at a North Austin auto repair shop, police said Friday.
A man is expected to survive after being stabbed in the head at the Salvation Army shelter in Downtown Austin at about 3:45 a.m. Friday.
It's the first criminal charge following a yearlong criminal investigation into the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas.
With freezing temperatures pushing through the region, heating systems will likely be working overtime, which can bring rising energy bills.
Investigators are looking into an overnight fire that left one woman with third-degree burns.