Wet weather leading to holiday event cancellations
The predicted storms and wet weather is leading to cancellations of planned holiday events across central Texas.
The Fredericksburg Light the Night parade is cancelled Friday night. Organizers cited safety concerns due to possible lightning and high winds.
The city of Cedar Park moved its tree lighting to Saturday night due to weather. And the Circuit of the Americas in southeast Travis County closed their 'Winter Wonderland' Thursday due to inclement weather.
Round Rock also cancelled its Christmas family night scheduled for Friday.
In Buda, the city cancelled the first general admission night of its Trail of Lights event Friday.
“Like clockwork every year, whenever Trail of Lights starts, we have some weather situation that starts,” said Buda Communications Director David Marino.
Last year, snow led to a cancellation. This year, it is the predicted heavy rain.
“It's a granite trail,” said Marino. “It's going to be very muddy and that's why we decided to cancel.”
Marino said the decision to cancel Friday isn't made lightly. The city consults with the parks department, police, and other emergency services before making the call. Their main concern is the safety of the guests.
“If we get people out there, we want them to enjoy it,” said Marino. “We want to have fun. We don't want them to worry about slipping and falling.”
Marino said the city is also prepping for possible flooding throughout Buda. Crews have laid out barricades at low water crossings and worked ahead of the storm to clear debris from ditches and drainage areas.
“In central Texas, you never know what to expect with weather,” said Marino. “Especially with rain. It can add up very quickly. If it falls too much in one hour, you're in a situation that could be dangerous.”
Other cities and events say they're monitoring conditions and will make their decision to cancel or not sometime Friday.