City Offices Closed, Travel is Discouraged Due to Ice
City offices will be closed and travel is discouraged due to ice on most Concho Valley roads and bridges.
All offices of 1st Community Credit Union will delay opening until 9am on Wednesday.
The San Angelo Airport is closed because of icy runways until further notice.
City of San Angelo offices will be closed Wednesday, Dec. 31, because of the threat of dangerous road conditions.
City Manager Daniel Valenzuela decided late Tuesday afternoon to close City operations after consulting with Emergency Management Coordinator Steve Mild, County Judge Steve Floyd and Mayor Dwain Morrison. Mild has been in contact throughout the day with National Weather Service forecasters, who are predicting precipitation and sub-freezing temperatures tonight and into Wednesday morning.
City offices will reopen at 8 a.m. Monday, following the New Year’s Day holiday.
Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) crews in the San Angelo District are treating bridges and roadways this evening and will continue working through the night. Counties reporting the most sleet and ice include Glasscock, Sterling, Runnels and Tom Green. Travel in these areas is highly discouraged until conditions improve. Multiple crashes have been reported in these counties as conditions continue to deteriorate.
- TxDOT’s toll-free highway condition line at (800)-452-9292
- TxDOT’s facebook page (Facebook.com/TxDOT)
- and/or TxDOT’s Twitter account (Twitter.com/TxDOT) or @ TxDOTSanAngelo
The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is encouraging Texans to prepare for a strong cold front impacting parts of Texas through Friday. Forecasts indicate the possibility of sleet and freezing rain, with light ice accumulations possible in portions of Texas.
“DPS is asking Texans to prepare for winter weather as a cold front moves into areas of the state before the New Year’s holiday. Drivers may encounter freezing rain and sleet in some areas, which could create dangerous road conditions,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “Texans should continue to monitor the changing weather conditions in their area and use extra caution on roadways.”
In preparation for possible winter weather, the Texas State Operations Center – in coordination with several state agencies, including the Texas Department of Transportation, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and Texas Military Forces – will continue to monitor weather conditions and maintain close contact with National Weather Service local forecast offices across the state.
DPS offers the following tips for staying safe during this weather event:
- Avoid unnecessary travel if possible, monitor local weather broadcasts, and follow up-to-the-minute weather conditions at http://www.weather.gov/.
- Remember that ice forms first on bridges, overpasses and shady areas.
- On icy roads, drive slowly, increase distance needed for stopping, and avoid using cruise control.
- Watch for downed trees and power lines across roads. If power is out, treat all intersections as four-way stops.
- Make sure your vehicle is properly maintained before any trip – check fluid and antifreeze levels.
- Don’t drink and drive and buckle up everyone in the vehicle.
For more information on road conditions statewide, check www.drivetexas.org or call 800-452-9292.
In addition, here is a list of emergency supplies drivers can keep in their vehicle:
- Blankets/sleeping bags, extra clothing, mittens, hat
- Cell phone, radio, flashlight, extra batteries
- First-aid kit and pocket knife
- High-calorie nonperishable food, bottled water
- Sack of sand or cat litter to provide traction for tires
- Windshield scraper, tool kit, booster cables, tow rope and shovel
For additional information regarding winter weather preparedness, visit: http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/dem/threatawareness/winterStormPlanning.htm