AUSTIN -- It's the beast that is Mother Nature.
As another winter storm crept toward Austin, KVUE kept track of it. The threat of another day like last Tuesday lingered on the minds of many who worried about a day of cars spinning out and crashing on icy roads.
Taking no chances dozens of school districts canceled classes early on. By Friday morning Austin stood ready for an icy mess.
KVUE News Daybreak started 30 minutes early at 4 a.m. As the hours passed the city watched, waiting for the drizzle to fall and roads to slick over. Storm Team Meteorologist Albert Ramon continued to monitor the radar.
"This won't be a repeat of Tuesday. The moisture is limited but we're seeing evidence of it beginning to pull in from the south," said Ramon during a forecast Friday morning.
As the hours passed with no precipitation in the area, frustration hit a peak. On Facebook and Twitter the community spoke out, upset that schools and offices closed before any precipitation fell.
"So UT is closed today due to the chance of winter precipitation," wrote one person. "Except that it's totally dry." Many were frustrated with closures that came amidst the unpredictable weather. "It's just cold" wrote another person.
By late morning KVUE meteorologists saw precipitation inching into Austin, but most of us stayed dry; cold but dry.
"Winter weather is frustrating. It's frustrating to forecast and it's frustrating to deal with," acknowledged Ramon.
A surprise realization hit as people counted the days toward the first day of spring. Mexican restaurant El Arroyo posted a simple message on its marquee: "I miss hating the summer heat." It's the sign that speaks Austin's mind.