The city of San Antonio on Feb. 3 issued a statement urging the public to stay off the roads because of increasingly dangerous weather conditions.
“Icing on the roads is a growing problem and conditions are expected to remain dangerous overnight,” Mayor Ron Nirenberg said. “Don’t drive if you don’t have to. Please stay safe. City crews are hard at work making the roads as safe as possible.”
According to San Antonio Police Chief William McManus, between 6 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. there were 47 minor accidents, 30 major accidents and 43 traffic-related calls.
Some road closures were reported by different agencies because of icy conditions or water left by overnight rains. As of 3 p.m. Feb. 3, the following streets remained closed:
- George Road between Hunter’s Bow and Northwest Military Highway
- Dreamland Road between Vance Jackson Road and Westby Lane
- All ramp connectors at Loop 1604 and North U.S. 281
- All ramp connectors at Loop 410 and North U.S. 281
- All road gates around Olmos Basin, including Dick Frederick and Devine roads, and Alamo Heights Boulevard
- Both directions of I-10 between Boerne Stage Road and Scenic Loop
San Antonio City Manager Erik Walsh said all nonessential city staff was sent home early, beginning at 2:30 p.m., but that police, fire and other critical city services will remain in operation. Walsh also said the San Antonio Police Department was implementing its ice plan.
“Public safety is our utmost priority. If you can stay home, please do. If you must travel, please proceed with extreme caution. The vast majority of our city team are the frontline workers who are working to respond to these weather conditions,” Walsh said. “Please keep the roadways clear for the safety of our crews. I encourage all major employers to consider the safety of the public and be flexible with their own employees as well.”
Bexar County officials, too, said some county offices were allowed to close early Feb. 3 to allow employees extra time to head home.
Aside from facilities operated by the city of San Antonio and Bexar County, small towns and suburbs were opening their own public warming shelters, including Hollywood Park City Hall, 2 Mecca Drive. Bexar County warming centers will remain open until noon on Feb. 5, and locations can be found here.
North East, Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City, Northside, Comal, San Antonio and Randolph Field ISDs said their campuses and offices would remain closed through Feb. 4.
SAISD also said its final superintendent town hall scheduled for Feb. 4 has been rescheduled for 6 p.m. Feb. 8 either in-person at Highlands High School or via Zoom.
Alamo Colleges District said all of its campuses will offer virtual classes and services Feb. 4 as they did on Feb. 3.
Additionally, institutions such as the Witte Museum, the San Antonio Zoo and The DoSeum all were closed Feb. 3. H-E-B said it was closing stores around the San Antonio area, Schertz, Spring Branch and several other outlying towns at 6 p.m. Feb. 3, with plans to reopen those stores at 8 a.m. Feb. 4.
CEO of the San Antonio Water System, Robert Puente, said the water system has had no reported outages, but individual homeowners should take precautions and wrap their water pipes if possible.
“It is going to get colder tonight than it was last night, so if you have that opportunity, be sure to insulate those pipes,” Puente said. “If you don’t have that type of insulation, a bedsheet, [or] a towel is perfectly fine.”
Interim President and CEO of CPS Energy Rudy Garza said 98,000 customers had power go out since last night, but 37,000 have seen a more prolonged outage. As of 5 p.m. there were 115 outages, affecting roughly 5,466 customers.
According to Garza, CPS Energy plans to have the outages addressed by midnight and will contact customers who do not have power after that point.
As of 3 p.m., 17 outages were reported in and around Hollywood Park, Hill Country Village, Castle Hills and neighborhoods near Wurzbach Road and I-10, according to CPS Energy. Two more outages were reported in Stone Oak.
Another 10 outages were reported at the same time in Universal City, the Schertz/Selma area and around Garden Ridge, the utility said.
Updates for specific cities can be found on city social media pages. More information on the Winter Weather Advisory can be found here.