As a second winter weather blast made its way to the Upper Texas Coast, school districts, government offices and public transit agencies announced closings and suspension of services Monday.
The National Weather Service issued a Winter Storm Warning from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. today. There is a good chance the icy conditions that are expected today could extend into Wednesday, forecasters said. Forecasters expect temperatures to drop below 30 degrees. The weather system could bring ice and a small amount of snow to the region.
Travel could be hazardous because of ice on the roads. Emergency management officials urged those who don’t need to be on the roads today not to drive.
All Galveston County public schools announced campuses will be closed and extracurricular activities postponed today, and many government offices also will be closed.
The Clear Creek, Galveston, Texas City, Dickinson, La Marque, Santa Fe, Friendswood, Hitchcock and High Island public school districts canceled classes.
Trinity Episcopal School, Holy Family Catholic School, O’Connell College Preparatory Academy, Hope Academy at St. Vincent’s House, Odyssey Academy and the Satori schools in Galveston, and Our Lady of Fatima in Texas City, Pine Drive Christian School in Dickinson, Bay Area Charter School in League City and Mainland Prep in La Marque also canceled classes.
Texas A&M University at Galveston, Galveston College and College of the Mainland will also close their campuses.
The University of Texas Medical Branch’s clinics and hospital will remain open. The medical schools at UTMB will also be on the same schedule, officials said.
The University of Houston-Clear Lake was not going to make a call on class cancellations until Tuesday morning.
Officials at most school districts said they would assess the situation today to decide about any Wednesday closures, cancellations or delays.
Dickinson, Santa Fe, Bay Area Charter and Odyssey officials halve already said Wednesday classes would be delayed by two hours.
County Judge Mark Henry said all county offices will be closed today and there may be a delay in opening offices Wednesday. The closures include the Justice Administration Building in Galveston.
The cities of Galveston, Hitchcock, Kemah and Bayou Vista also decided to close their city halls and other city departments today.
League City, Texas City, La Marque, Dickinson and Santa Fe will operate on regular schedules, officials said.
In League City, municipal court jury trials have been called off.
Trash service in Dickinson will be moved to Friday while Texas City canceled today’s trash pick-up.
In Friendswood, the senior program activities and all city-run fitness classes are canceled.
In Galveston, Wright Cuney Recreation Center will be closed, while the McGuire Dent Recreation Center will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The Galveston Causeway has been treated with magnesium chloride and is expected to stay open, Galveston spokeswoman Liz Rogers said.
Island Transit also will not run buses on the island or at its mainland connector services. That includes the bus service between the UTMB operations in Galveston and the mainland clinics.
Mainland Transit, which runs fixed bus routes in Texas City, La Marque, Dickinson and the Bacliff/San Leon communities and an on-demand service in the county, will run as scheduled, Director James Hollis said.
“We will be checking on conditions and if they get too bad, we may adjust that,” Hollis said. “We’re handing out notices to passengers today to let them know.”
With the exception of Mission Control, NASA’s Johnson Space Center will be closed today. It’s visitors’ center Space Center Houston is also closed.
In Texas City the petrochemical facilities will operate as scheduled. That means the Safety Council Texas City, which trains the contractors that work at those facilities, will be open.
However, Mainland Testing, which provides drug and other testing for those contractors at the Safety Council will not be open on Tuesday.
Subscribers of The Daily News may not get the print edition of the newspaper at the normal time, but newspapers will be delivered.
The Galveston Island Park Board announced that R.A. Apffel Park, Stewart Beach and Seawolf Park would not open today. Dellanera R.V. Park won’t close.
The Parks Board meeting scheduled for Tuesday is canceled.
Reporters John Wayne Ferguson, Christopher Smith Gonzalez and Chris Paschenko contributed to this report.
Weather-related closings for Galveston County
CLOSURES FOR TODAY
Clear Creek ISD
Texas City ISD
Santa Fe ISD
High Island ISD
Holy Family Catholic School
Hope Academy at St. Vincent’s House
Our Lady of Fatima
Pine Drive Christian School
Colleges and Universities
Texas A&M at Galveston
College of the Mainland
City of Galveston
City of Hitchcock
City of Bayou Vista
City of Kemah
League City municipal court jury trials
Galveston County Justice Administration Building and Courts
Island Transit has suspended all services
DELAYS FOR WEDNESDAY
Schools (2-hour delay)
Santa Fe ISD