UPDATED: Montgomery County roads remain closed due to ice and snow; Shenandoah to open City Hall as warming center

The Montgomery County Live Map shows areas where ice is reported on area roads. (Screenshot via Montgomery County)
The Montgomery County Live Map shows areas where ice is reported on area roads. (Screenshot via Montgomery County)

The Montgomery County Live Map shows areas where ice is reported on area roads. (Screenshot via Montgomery County)

This is a developing story and will be updated.

Updated Feb. 15 3:55 p.m.

Roadways throughout Montgomery County remain closed Feb. 15 due to lingering winter storm conditions including ice and snow.

According to information on the Montgomery County Live Map, stretches of I-45 northbound and southbound remained closed after 3:30 p.m., with closures expected to remain in place into Feb. 16. A state advisory to avoid using FM 1488 from I-45 west through Magnolia is continuing through Feb. 16, and local road closures in Montgomery, Willis and The Woodlands also remained in place as of 3:30 p.m.

While government offices throughout the county remained closed Feb. 15, the city of Shenandoah announced the opening of its City Council chambers as a warming center beginning at 4 p.m. Feb. 15. The site, located at the city municipal complex at 29955 I-45 N., Shenandoah, is available for those seeking to warm up, charge electronic devices, refill water bottles and rest, the city said on Facebook. Masks are required at the site, the city said.

Rolling power outages are also expected to continue in the county as Entergy works to restore power throughout the area. Shortly before 3:30 p.m., the company advised its customers with power to voluntarily reduce their usage while outages continue.

Posted Feb. 15 9:57 a.m.

As Texans woke up to a fresh coat of snow on the morning of Feb. 15, area officials warned of safety hazards, canceled services and rolling blackouts.

Road closures in Montgomery County can be found on the Montgomery County Live Map, which as of 9:30 a.m. Feb. 15 included ice on portions of I-45 North and an advisory from the Texas Department of Transportation to avoid FM 1488 through Feb. 16.

The Montgomery County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management acknowledges the rolling blackouts expected to affect Entergy customers throughout the day. However, it cautioned that an outage lasting more than an hour is not a rolling blackout and may be the result of a generator outage.

Montgomery County Precinct 3 Commissioner James Noack cautioned residents to stay off bridges, as ice accumulations have been reported on most of the county bridges.

He also posted images from overnight.

In The Woodlands, township offices were closed Feb. 15, and trash services were suspended. According to the township website, The Woodlands Express park and ride services were also suspended Feb. 15 and 16; The Waterway Trolley is closed; and Curative testing services for COVID-19 are closed at least through Feb. 15.

Countywide, Montgomery County Public Health announced its newly launched COVID-19 Call Center is closed Feb. 15 and 16, and second-dose vaccines scheduled for Feb. 15 are deleted until Feb. 19.

By Vanessa Holt
A resident of the Houston area since 2011, Vanessa began working in community journalism in her home state of New Jersey in 1996. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2016 as a reporter for the Spring/Klein edition and became editor of that paper in March 2017 and editor of The Woodlands edition in January 2019.


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