Austinites embrace the cold



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Posted on November 25, 2013 at 11:46 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 26 at 12:00 AM

AUSTIN -- Temperatures in the 30s has everyone in Central Texas talking.

Monday night there were no problems on the roads. It was smooth sailing on North MoPac, and that isn't expected to change.

For most people, the chilly weather is actually a welcomed change from a brutal summer.

Things were looking and feeling like Christmas Monday at Loop 360 and FM 2222.

"Puts people in the Christmas spirit.  Last year I was out here in shorts and this year we're all bundled up freezing to death," Kevin Slack with Papa Noel Christmas Trees said.

The usually lively hike and bike trails near the Pfluger Bridge were anything but. Our KVUE crew stood on a path for 15 minutes and saw only a couple of people.

"It's nippy and it's raining, and nobody's on the trail and it feels like it might be almost Christmas," jogger Lynn Mchike said.

Christmas may have also crossed the minds of commuters on Congress Avenue. Not everyone is impressed with the chill.

"I was in Iowa the past four years and that had real winters," Marleen Linares said.

"I love this weather. I spent a lot of time in Scandinavia. This is nothing. I just went swimming in an outdoor pool," Lynn Wilkinson said.

It wasn't swimming trunks but shorts we saw on at least one University of Texas student. Inclement weather was the reason the Hex Rally at the UT Main Mall was canceled Monday night.

"It's a fun event and it's definitely worth coming out for, so I honestly don't think they should have canceled it," UT sophomore Augustus Young said.

"I'm from California, and I'm still outside. So you know what people? You shouldn't have canceled it," Jenae Cervantes said.

The big question now is do you prefer this or 101 degrees?

"Split the difference," Doug Simpson said.

"I think in Texas you have to be used to being slightly uncomfortable at all times, so that's how it goes," Linares said.

Road conditions are expected to be safe through the night. There is a chance for flurries in the Hill Country, but if that happens it isn't expected to stick or cause problems on the roads.