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Cold blast delays schools, bus service and county operations

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Posted: Thursday, January 23, 2014 11:30 am | Updated: 2:02 pm, Fri Jan 24, 2014.

The approaching winter blast forced delays in classes, public transportation and will see county facilities delayed in opening today.

Weather forecasters were expecting freezing rain to hit Galveston County at about 4 a.m. today.

That prompted many of the county’s school districts to delay the opening of schools and the running of bus routes.

The Galveston, Santa Fe, Clear Creek, Texas City, Friendswood, Hitchcock and Dickinson school districts will delay the start of classes by two hours today because of the potential for frozen precipitation to create hazardous driving conditions.

Morning buses will run their usual routes two hours later than normal.

The High Island school district on the Bolivar Peninsula will not start classes until 11 a.m.

La Marque was the county’s only public school district that was waiting to check on conditions late Thursday or early today to determine if classes would be delayed.

College of the Mainland in Texas City will also delay classes by two hours as well the University of Texas Medical Branch’s medical schools.

All of the UTMB Health clinics, hospital and Emergency Room will be open as normal, a spokesman said.

Texas A&M University at Galveston will open today at noon.

Galveston College will not open until 10 a.m., according to a statement on the college’s website.

The expected freezing rain will interrupt public transportation services as well.

Connect Transit services will be delayed, and buses won’t begin running until 8 a.m. That service provides bus service in Texas City, La Marque, Dickinson and parts of the unincorporated county.

Island Transit System in Galveston will not operate until noon

Galveston City Hall will remain closed until the afternoon.

In League City, City Hall will be open at its usual time. City trash pick up was to continue as scheduled as well.

City parks and community centers, however, will not open as normal. No other cities announced any delays or closures.

Galveston County Judge Mark Henry announced all county facilities also would not open until noon today.

County Emergency Management Coordinator David Popoff said his staff would man the county’s emergency management center overnight to monitor conditions.

Just before noon Thursday, the National Weather Service extended a Winter Weather Warning until noon today. An Arctic cold front and moisture could bring frozen precipitation to the area, forecasters said.

The Houston region of the Texas Department of Transportation had crews out early Thursday and would overnight and into today prepping bridges for freeze prevention.

As of Thursday night, there were no plans to close any roads or bridges, including the Galveston Causeway.

As the wintery blast approached, cities across the county issued warnings.

State energy providers also issued a warning. Direct Energy, which also owns First Choice Power, asked for conservation efforts through today.

Just before noon Thursday, the National Weather Service extended a Winter Weather Warning until noon today. An Arctic cold front and moisture could bring frozen precipitation to the area, forecasters said.

The cold could stick around through Saturday, but the frozen precipitation was expected to clear out by mid-morning.

The Houston region of the Texas Department of Transportation had crews out early Thursday and would work overnight and into today prepping bridges for freeze prevention.


 

For updated information on Texas road conditions, call the TxDot hotline at (800) 452-9292