Schools, colleges and public government offices announced daylong closures and changes in operations through Feb. 1 as a result of wintry weather affecting much of Texas.
According to the National Weather Service, temperatures were reported at slightly above freezing at 10 a.m. Jan. 31, but below freezing temperatures are affecting the Texas Hill Country and other communities north of San Antonio, leading to freezing precipitation and some icy roadways.
The National Weather Service issued a Winter Storm Warning for the San Antonio area, forecasting periods of freezing rain through early Feb. 2.
NWS said ice accumulations up to half 1 inch are possible north of Loop 1604 and in northern Bexar County, adding that ice on ramps, overpasses and elevated bridges is possible, causing hazardous travel conditions through early Feb. 2.
At 11 a.m. the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office reported closures of parts of four county roads in unincorporated areas, including the 24900 block of Scenic Loop Road, the 11300 block of SH 211, East Evans Road at East Loma View and Boerne Stage Road at Baywater Stage Road. The city of San Antonio so far has reported one closure: the O’Connor Road bridge over Lookout Road and the railroad.
All public school systems around the San Antonio area said they closed campuses and offices all day, Jan. 31, and announced that campuses and offices would remain closed through Feb. 1, citing forecasts of more freezing rain.
Bexar County Judge Peter Sakai said all county offices and courts are closed throughout Jan. 31 and Feb. 1.
Alamo Colleges District officials said classes and services are being held remotely only for all of Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 and until 10 a.m. Feb. 2. Officials with The University of Texas at San Antonio said all classes and services are being offered virtually only through Feb. 1 with regular operations resuming Feb. 2.
Meanwhile, local nonprofit God’s Dogs Rescue issued a news release, urging community members to donate a blanket to help keep warm the dozens of dogs in the group’s care at a location in Von Ormy, Texas, south of San Antonio. The release said with an influx of dogs taking up limited indoor space, God’s Dogs Rescue relies on outdoor kennels to care for its dogs.
Additionally, GDR said it welcomes more pet fosters to temporarily take care of some dogs.