Cold Weather

As temperatures drop, it is imperative to prioritize safety amidst the chilling weather conditions. Embracing appropriate measures is key to safeguarding yourself and others from the potential hazards associated with cold weather. Ensure that you dress in layers, including insulated outerwear, gloves and a hat to shield yourself from the biting cold. Be cautious of slippery surfaces caused by ice formation and take deliberate steps to prevent slips and falls. Additionally, stay informed about weather forecasts to plan your activities accordingly, and if travel is necessary, exercise caution and allow extra time for potential delays. By adhering to these safety precautions, we can collectively navigate the winter season with resilience and well-being.

Remember to protect the 4 ps

Stay indoors during sub-freezing temperatures. If you must be outdoors, dress warmly – in layers, and keep hands, feet and head covered.  


  • Layer Up:
    Dress in layers to trap heat close to your body. Start with a moisture-wicking base layer, add an insulating layer, and finish with a waterproof and windproof outer layer.
  • Protect Extremities: Don't forget to cover your extremities. Wear gloves or mittens, thermal socks, and a hat to prevent heat loss from these vulnerable areas.

  • Stay Dry: Wet clothing and skin increase the risk of hypothermia. Ensure your outer layer is waterproof and if you get wet, change into dry clothes promptly.

  • Check on Vulnerable Individuals: Keep an eye on neighbors, particularly the elderly or those with health conditions, to ensure they are safe and have the support they need during cold weather.

  • Stay Informed: Keep an eye on weather forecasts to anticipate extreme conditions. Plan your outings accordingly, and avoid unnecessary travel during severe weather events.

  • Limit Exposure: Minimize time spent outdoors in extremely cold conditions, especially during wind chill advisories. If possible, stay indoors during the coldest parts of the day.

  • Stay Hydrated: Cold weather can be deceptively dehydrating. Drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated, even if you don't feel thirsty.

  • Beware of Frostbite and Hypothermia: Learn the signs of frostbite (numbness, tingling, or pain in affected areas) and hypothermia (shivering, confusion, slurred speech). Seek medical attention immediately if you or someone else shows these symptoms.

  • Prepare Your Vehicle: If driving in cold conditions, ensure your vehicle is winter-ready. Check tire pressure, antifreeze levels and keep an emergency kit with essentials like blankets, water and snacks.

  • Use Safe Heating Practices: Never use an oven or gas stovetop to heat your home! If using space heaters or other heating devices consider the following;
    • Always place the portable heater on a stable and flat surface. Avoid uneven or flammable surfaces such as carpets, rugs or furniture.
    • Ensure proper ventilation to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning
    • Keep flammable materials away from heating sources
    • Always turn off the portable heater when leaving the room or going to sleep
    • Never leave a running heating device unattended
    • Keep heating devices out of reach of children and pets
    • Avoid using extension cords or power strips. Plug the heater directly into a wall outlet to prevent overheating of extension cords and reduce fire risks.

Stay Informed  

The City of Cedar Park follows and often shares information from the National Weather Service Austin-San Antonio.  Stay informed

Watch for Cedar Park Police updates on Twitter and visit drivetexas.org to monitor changing road conditions across the State and region.  

For school district closures visit Round Rock ISD or Leander ISD websites.

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Electricity 

The Pedernales Electric Cooperative (PEC) is the electricity provider within the City of Cedar Park. If you experience an outage, please report an outage online or call 888-883-3379 to report the outage.

Curious about the current electricity supply and demand? Visit the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) to learn more about how they manage the flow of Texas’ power supply.

Gas Service

Your gas service provider within the Cedar Park City limits is Atmos Energy. Visit the Atmos Energy Customer Service Center.

Smell Gas? Act fast! If you suspect a natural gas leak, leave the area immediately! From a safe distance, call 911 and Atmos Energy's 24-hour toll-free emergency number at 866.322.8667.

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Downed Power Lines

Never approach, touch or attempt to move a downed power line or any object in contact with a power line. Contact with power lines can cause serious injury or even death.

If you see a downed power line:

  • Leave the area immediately. If a power line is completely down and sparking on the ground, or is laying on the house or has caused a fire, call 9-1-1.
  • Report downed power lines at 888-883-3379