Closings, Delays and Other Things to Expect with Tonight's Forecasted Icy Weather
SAN ANGELO, TX — The San Angelo office of the National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory just before 6 p.m. for possible ice accumulations that will create hazardous road conditions Wednesday, the first day back to work after the extended Christmas and New Year’s holidays.
While school districts and colleges throughout the Concho Valley area are not having classes, the following businesses and government offices are delaying the show time for employees or are closed, as listed:
- Tom Green County – Offices open at 10 a.m. (source: County Judge)
- City of San Angelo – Offices open at 10 a.m. (source: Public Info Office)
- Concho Valley Council of Governments – Offices open at 10 a.m. (Source City Public Info Office)
- Goodfellow AFB - 2-hour delayed reporting for non-mission essential personnel. (Source)
- The San Angelo diocesan pastoral center and Christ the King Retreat Center will open at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 2. (Source: the bishop)
- MHMR Services for the Concho Valley will open at 10:00 am (source: Annette Hernandez)
The NWS forecasted possible snow in the Abilene area with possible accumulations of one to three inches by Thursday. Further south, freezing drizzle and rain are forecasted to begin after midnight. Ice will make traveling hazardous, especially on bridges and overpasses, the NWS stated.
In San Angelo, temperatures will drop to 27 degrees F overnight and not rise above 31 degrees F all day Wednesday before dropping again to 28 degrees F Thursday night.
NWS forecast states freezing rain is likely Wednesday in San Angelo, changing to a wintery mix Wednesday night.
Currently, winds are a brisk 13 mph out of the northeast and visibility is eight miles. The skies are overcast at 700 feet. Pilots have reported light icing in the state of Texas near the Austin to Houston area. Icing reports are from 18,000 feet all the way up to 23,000 feet.
Icing may delay or cancel regional jet commuter airline service. As of 10 p.m. Jan. 1, all Wednesday flights to San Angelo from DFW were expected on schedule. The first flight arrives at 10:10 a.m. Check with American Airlines for possible weather delays.
The cold weather is caused by a sharp southward plunge of the jet stream into the western U.S. and across the Texas Panhandle, with cold air pushing into areas like the Concho Valley. A low-pressure system is sitting over northern Arizona affecting the jet stream, according to the Weather Channel.