According to a news release, the declaration will be in effect for the next seven days unless extended. It may also be terminated sooner if road conditions improve.
The city is recommending that the public stay off roads when possible or use extreme caution if travel is necessary. Treatment of roads with de-icing solutions and sand by the city and Texas Department of Transportation crews has had a limited effect in improving road conditions, which are still hazardous.
San Marcos is encouraging churches to broadcast services virtually to their congregations or to cancel for this weekend to reduce traffic.
Residents are also advised to bring pets inside and to provide outdoor animals with a warm, solid shelter that will protect them from wind and rain. Weather-related concerns for animals should be reported to the San Marcos Police Department's non-emergency line, which is 512-753-2108.
Resources for those in need are being provided by a number of organizations in Hays County, many of which are also accepting donations.