AUSTIN (KXAN) - Start your engines! And plan on some traffic delays in Downtown Austin.
Meanwhile, Austin City Manager Marc Ott will activate the Area Command at the Operations Center to operate from 5:30 a.m. Friday through 10 p.m. Monday.
For people who live and work downtown, they're trying to avoid the madness at all costs. Some businesses are even going above and beyond to make sure employees avoid the stress.
"We may look into the option of letting people work from home on Friday if it's going to relieve congestion and relieve stress," said Eric Webber, an employee at McGarrah Jessee advertising firm downtown.
Wednesday at 6 a.m.:
- Fourth Street between Colorado Street and Congress Avenue
- Third Street between Colorado Street and Congress Avenue
- Alleyway off Fifth Street
Thursday at 6 a.m.:
- West Third and West Fourth streets between Colorado and Lavaca streets
- East Third and East Fourth streets between Congress Avenue and Brazos Street
- Colorado Street between Second and Fifth streets
Thursday at 7 p.m.:
- Southbound lanes of Congress Avenue between Fifth and Secnd (closure will extend to Cesar Chavez Street Friday evening. The northbound lanes of Congress Avenue will also close Friday)
Friday at 6 a.m.:
- One lane of Trinity Street between 12th and 15th streets
- One westbound lane of East 12th Street between Red River and Trinity streets
While some offices are letting employees off the hook to avoid the headaches, others will still have to work Saturday.
"I plan on not driving through it," said Andrea Mansoor, who works at the W Hotel dowtown. "I'm staying at a friend's house to try to bike here or get rides here or something. I know it's going to be crazy and not good for people that are trying to get to work," said Mansoor.
The road closures are in place through Monday. Some sections open as early as 6 a.m. Monday. Others open by 6 p.m. The last to re-open will be at midnight Tuesday.
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.
Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg heads to court this week as a defendant in a civil trial that could oust her from office.
Santa visited Austin early on Sunday, joining hundreds of motorcyclists for their annual Toy Run.
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.