6:52 a.m. FRIDAY, JAN. 24: Hays County and the city of San Marcos will be closed today. Also, administrators at the Master’s School and Texas Preparatory Academy also announced all-day closures.
Weather closings, delaysas of 6:49 a.m. Jan. 24
San Marcos CISD
San Marcos Academy
Texas State University
Dripping Springs ISD
|Two-hour delayed opening|
City of San Marcos
City of Kyle
|Opens 10 a.m.|
Texas Preparatory School
6:14 a.m. FRIDAY, JAN. 24: Hays CISD schools will be closed today because of icy road conditions, Tim Savoy, the district’s spokesperson said this morning. Also, San Marcos Academy administration just announced that the school will open at 11 a.m., a three-hour delay instead of two, and San Marcos CISD officials decided to cancel classes completely.
1:47 a.m. FRIDAY, JAN. 24: Slow but persistent ice and freezing rainfall closed Interstate 35 and other roads across Hays County overnight as air temperatures plummeted behind a fast-moving cold front.
Public safety agencies responded to more than 50 traffic wrecks in the San Marcos area by midnight, city spokesperson Melissa Millecam said. Most of the accidents are concentrated on Interstate 35 and on other roads with bridges and overpasses, she said.
The entire length of Interstate 35 through Hays County, about 25 miles, is closed as are U.S. 290 in the north, Ranch Road 12 in the west and Texas 21 in the east. Officials also reported that sections of FM 1626 and FM 150 are impassible. A running list of road closures on the Hays County Emergency Management’s website kept growing longer through Thursday evening.
Air temperatures are expected to remain near freezing throughout the day on Friday but the wintry slush of precipitation “will taper off from northwest to southeast after mid-morning Friday,” according to a National Weather Service hazardous weather advisory. AccuWeather meteorologists, meanwhile, forecast “freezing drizzle” into the afternoon.
Most school districts have announced delayed start times but no closures. San Marcos CISD classes will start three hours later than normal on Friday; Dripping Springs public schools and San Marcos Academy will begin two hours late. As of midnight, neither Hays CISD nor Wimberley ISD had announced changes to their regular schedules.
Hays County and city of San Marcos offices are also expected to remain closed until late morning.