Freezing, icy forecast causes school delays, business closings
Jan. 23, 2014 at 8:03 p.m.
Updated Jan. 22, 2014 at 7:23 p.m.
YOUR WEEKEND FORECAST
Expect a high of 43 with low of 35 Friday and Friday night. Chance of rain is 70 percent with winds out of the north at about 18 mph.
Partly cloudy skies are expected with a high of 64 and low of 44. There is no chance of showers with winds out of the west at 8 mph.
Sunny skies with a high of 72 and low of 49 is expected. Winds out of the south-southwest at 10 mph.
CROSSROADS WEATHER-RELATED CANCELLATIONS AND DELAYS
The University of Houston-Victoria will postpone classes until 10 a.m.
• Victoria College will have regularly scheduled classes Friday.
• Austwell-Tivoli ISD will delay start for schools Friday to 9 a.m.
• Bloomington ISD will delay start for school Friday until 10 a.m.
• Calhoun County ISD is planning on regularly scheduled classes unless the weather conditions worsen by 4 a.m.
• Cuero ISD will delay the start of classes to 10 a.m. Friday. Faculty and staff need to report at 9:30 a.m.
• Edna ISD will delay the start of classes to 10:30 a.m.
• Ezzell ISD will delay the start to of classes to 10 a.m., and buses will run two hours later than usual.
• Ganado ISD will make a decision at 5:30 a.m. Friday
• Goliad ISD will delay the start of classes to 10 a.m, and buses will run two hours later than usual.
• Hallettsville ISD will delay the start of classes to 10 a.m., buses will be delayed for two hours, and no breakfast will be served.
• Industrial ISD will determine whether school will be delayed or canceled by 5 a.m. Friday. Industrial administrators will be out by the bridges at about 3 a.m. to check the conditions. If there is any ice on any bridges, the district will either cancel or delay, said Industrial Superintendent Tony Williams.
• Meyersville ISD will start classes at 10 a.m. Friday. Buses will run two hours later than usual.
• Moulton ISD will delay the start of classes to 10 a.m.
• Nazareth Academy will follow the decision made by Victoria ISD.
• Nordheim ISD will start classes at 9 a.m., and its buses will run one hour later than usual.
• Nursery ISD will delay the start of classes to 10 a.m. Friday.
• Refugio ISD will delay the start of classes to 9 a.m.
• Sacred Heart in Hallettsville will delay the start of classes to 10 a.m.
• St. Joseph High School will have a two-hour delayed start Friday.
• Shiner St. Paul will delay the start of classes to 11 a.m. There will be no lunch, and kids are asked to bring sacked lunches.
• Sweet Home ISD will delay the start of classes to 10 a.m. There will be no breakfast.
• Trinity Episcopal School will delay the start of classes to 10 a.m. Friday.
• Victoria ISD will delay the start of classes two hours Friday. Staff should try to arrive at the normally scheduled hour, if possible. If not, VISD asks you to contact your supervisor.
• Victoria Christian School will delay the start of classes to 10 a.m. Friday.
• Vysehrad ISD will delay the start of classes to 10 a.m.
• Westhoff ISD will delay the start of classes to 10 a.m., and buses will pick up students in Cuero at 10 a.m.
• Woodsboro ISD will delay the start of classes to 10 a.m.
• Yoakum ISD will make its decision at 6 a.m. Friday. "I'll meet with transportation early in the morning around 4:30 a.m., and then we'll notify parents and employees through our Blackboard," said Yoakum Superintendent Tom Kelley.
• Yorktown ISD will delay the start of classes to 10 a.m.
• The Texas Zoo will be closed Friday and will reopen Saturday.
• The Victoria Senior Citizens Centers, 603 E. Murray St. and 4009 Halsey St., will be closed Friday.
• Manpower of Port Lavaca will be on a two-hour delay, opening at 10 a.m. Phone lines will be open at regular times 8 a.m-5 p.m. Shuttle buses for A/B shifts will be running at 10 a.m.
• Inteplast will have a delay, and the buses will pick up at 10 a.m. Report to work by 11 a.m. because of the weather.
• Golden Crescent Head Start classes will follow the decisions made by school districts in each center's location.
• Victoria West boys golf coach Fred Neuman announced Thursday this year's Spring Classic was canceled. He did say the Victoria Invitational Jan. 27 will still be played.
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Samantha Gamez stood in an aisle at a Family Dollar on Thursday with dog treats in hand, dressed as though it were a crisp fall day outside.
Meanwhile, the windows facing North Navarro Street told a different story - one of gray skies, blustering winds and falling temperatures.
The Crossroads and the rest of the state braced for Friday morning's wintry weather, a forecast calling for morning temperatures below freezing accompanied with freezing rain and sleet.
Much of the central and southern areas of the state, including the Crossroads region, are under a winter storm warning from 2 a.m. to noon Friday, said Waylon Collins, senior forecaster at the National Weather Service in Corpus Christi.
"There is a polar air mass following a cold front that moved in," Collins said.
The reason for the expectation of freezing rain and sleet is a warmer moist air mass in the atmosphere that is overrun by cold air. This, he said, causes wintry conditions.
The atmospheric conditions are not right for snow, he said.
Gamez, 25, of Victoria, said her family in Longview was getting snow.
"I hear it's going to snow like it did in 2004," Gamez said, cracking a sly smile. "I don't think so. I think it's all a little dramatic."
Still, you can never be too prepared, so Gamez spent early Thursday afternoon preparing for the weather by buying treats and blankets for her large outdoor Labradors, which she planned to bring inside.
"They'll tear up the house," she said, laughing.
Gamez said she is not bothered by Texas winters or summers, but for others in the community, freezing temperatures - just like heat wave temperatures - can be excruciating.
Glenn Haynes, who manages intake at the Victoria Salvation Army, said as of Thursday afternoon, only three of its 30 beds were available for area homeless people.
The Salvation Army opens up its facility for the homeless any time temperatures drop below 45, he said.
If beds are not available, the facility will make mats available, he added.
"We'll have a place for them," he said. "That's for sure."
Also most affected by cold temperatures is the elderly, which is why Victoria's two senior citizens centers will be closed Friday, said executive director Debbie Garner.
Garner's employees spent Thursday delivering extra meals to those who rely on the centers for their meals.
"We don't cancel unless it's something bad," she said. "I don't want to endanger my clients and employees."
The Texas Department of Transportation was making preparations of its own, said Helena Wright, Yoakum District spokeswoman.
Crews will spend Thursday night and Friday morning at bridges throughout the district to help with de-icing and sanding.
Also, the Yoakum District office staff planned to stay open through late morning Friday to take calls from the general public about any bridge closures or detours.
"Our message remains the same," she said. "Reduce the speed on the roadways. If you don't have to go out, then don't."
With deteriorating weather conditions expected, companies such as AEP are prepared as if this were any other natural disaster event, said Elgin Janssen, spokesman.
As of Friday night, at least one major power outage was reported in Port Lavaca, where 865 customers were left without electricity because of a downed pole, he said.
The power was expected to be restored by 9:30 p.m. Friday, and it is unknown what caused the pole damage, he said.
Janssen said the AEP crew has prepared for any other outages that may happen because of the conditions.
"We've been in winter storm mode since this (Thursday) morning," he said. "I would say we are prepared to handle it should it occur."