Comal County on High Alert, Schools Close as Winter Storm Warning Issued
Comal County and the City of New Braunfels are gearing up for poor road conditions as the Hill Country braces for a “significant icing” event with accumulations of a quarter to three-quarter inches possible.
Numerous power outages also are possible.
Comal ISD announced late today it will cancel classes Tuesday as well as all scheduled athletic and fine arts events before, during and after school hours for Tuesday.
“We will monitor the weather situation and communicate any decision regarding a Wednesday delay or closures on Tuesday afternoon,” Comal ISD Communications Specialist Salwa Lanford said.
The U.S. National Weather Service Austin-San Antonio declared a winter storm warning at 1 p.m.
According to Comal County’s Emergency Management Coordinator Jeff Kelley, multiple rounds of freezing rain and freezing drizzle will be possible over the northern two-thirds of South Central Texas through Wednesday.
There is increased potential for accumulating ice on surfaces that will spread south to near the Highway 90 corridor tonight.
The greatest icing potential will be focused over the Hill Country, where temperatures could remain below freezing for well in excess of 48 hours through Wednesday afternoon, he said.
Comal County spokesperson Cary Zayas said the county’s Road Department is preparing to deploy anti-icing trucks, which use a magnesium-chloride material mixed with crushed limestone to keep roadways safe.
“Our trucks are loaded and ready to treat the roadways should we see any ice accumulation,” she said. “We will have crew members scouting the county throughout the night and morning.”
The City of New Braunfels’ Streets Division is prepping trucks with a type of rock called chat, which improves traction on roads in case of icy conditions.
The city asks residents to remember the four P’s: People, pets, pipes and plants.
For updates on road conditions visit DriveTexas.org. For information about road closures inside New Braunfels visit NewBraunfels.gov/roadclosures.
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