Just as Galveston County residents thawed out from Friday’s freeze, forecasters with the National Weather Service said a second round of chill — and possibly frozen precipitation — will return.
The weather service on Sunday issued a Winter Storm Watch for Tuesday.
The watch was called as forecasters expect temperatures to drop below 30 degrees. The weather system could bring ice and a small amount of snow to the region. As was the case Friday, travel could be hazardous because of ice on the roads.
Most of the county’s emergency management coordinators are waiting for a conference call with the National Weather Service at 10 a.m. today before making any decisions.
Still, it is likely that everyone will ask that unless you have to drive, Tuesday will be a good day to stay off the roads.
Texas Department of Transportation crews will be out to protect bridges and roadways against the freeze.
There were no major icing conditions on Galveston County roads on Friday, but the NASA Flyover was closed for a while and the bridge connecting the Bolivar Peninsula to Chambers County was closed.
“We did the first call with the (National Weather Service on Sunday) — we will start conference calls in the morning,” David Popoff, the county’s emergency management coordinator, said Sunday.
“The county emergency operations center will be staffed on Tuesday. County Road and Bridge will stock up on aggregate (today).”
School districts are doing the same. Most use a direct call system to inform parents of decisions to delay or close schools.
Melissa Tortorici, communications director for the Texas City school district, made a suggestion that would apply to all parents, no matter the school district their child attends.
“This is a good opportunity for parents to update their emails and phone numbers with the district,” she said.
Friday’s Winter Weather Warning prompted delays and cancellations of schools and affected some government operations.
For the most part, there were no major problems or road closings on Friday. A handful of public schools canceled classes, while others started two hours later than normal.
College of the Mainland, University of Texas Medical Branch and Texas A&M University at Galveston also started classes two hours later than normal.
Bus service on the island was delayed until noon, while Connect Transit, which handles public transportation for mainland communities, started at about 8 a.m.
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