Ice expected in area starting Thursday morning
The chance of snow is decreasing, but the chance for ice has increased, according to Port Aransas Police Chief Scott Burroughs after a conference call this afternoon with the National Weather Service.
The deteriorating conditions resulted in a decision to release Port Aransas ISD students early tomorrow, Thursday, Feb. 3, and to cancel classes on Friday, Feb. 3.
Temperatures will again drop to below freezing early this evening and extend through much of tomorrow, making a hard freeze likely.
Ice, freezing rain and sleet are expected to move into the area at about 6 a.m. Thursday, 11 hours earlier than yesterday’s projections. Snow is possible after dark, although the forecast for significant accumulations here has been withdrawn.
Ice accumulations are expected to be from a quarter to a half-inch. Accumulations on trees and power lines are expected Thursday morning, which may result in widespread power outages if the lines break.
Downed power lines should be avoided and should not be driven across. They should be reported to Port Aransas police immediately at (361) 749-6241.
Bridges likely will freeze over beginning at mid-morning Thursday and icy roads should be expected Friday morning, but should thaw by noon.
Temperatures will drop below freezing Friday evening, creating “black ice,” the refreezing of leftover moisture on roadways. It is spotty and difficult to see, which makes travel dangerous, Burroughs said.
Sub-freezing temperatures are predicted until Saturday morning.
“The City of Port Aransas is not equipped for ice mitigation on roadways, and city streets may become dangerously slick. Travel should be limited; business and government operations should consider plans for a delayed opening on Friday morning,” Burroughs said.
Precautions should be taken to protect pets, pipes and plants.
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