All eyes on possible wintry mix across south Texas


by Paul Mireles / staff

Posted on January 28, 2014 at 7:04 AM

SAN ANTONIO -- A possibility of a mix of sleet and rain continues to threaten the metro area Tuesday morning.  KENS 5 meteorologist Paul Mireles reports a Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for much of south Texas until Noon.

"Scanning the skies and looking for precipitation, First Alert Doppler Radar is finding some," Mireles said.  "I expect precipitation to be very light right through the next several hours but there is the possibility we could see a little ice here and there."

Local school districts continue to monitor the weather situation.  North East Independent School District and Northside Independent School District both announced via Twitter classes will be open.  South San Antonio ISD and Alamo Heights ISD also report normal start times.

Temperatures in the hill country generally continue to hover at the freezing mark or below but the temperature has remained above freezing in San Antonio.  

"Here in the city, we've got some rain.  I would not be surprised if the rain continues for some of it to turn over into sleet," Mireles said.

Isolated areas in the hill country, including Kerrville has seen areas of light freezing rain according to KENS 5 First Alert Doppler Radar.  

"We're going to watch portions of the hill country, some of the roads and some of the bridges and overpasses as they could get slick very quickly."

The Texas Department of Public Safety offered the following tips for staying safe during a winter weather event:

Avoid unnecessary travel if possible. Monitor local weather broadcasts, and follow up-to-the-minute weather conditions.

Remember that ice forms first on bridges, overpasses and shady areas. 

On icy roads, drive slowly, increase distance needed for stopping, and avoid using cruise control.

Make sure your vehicle is properly maintained before any trip – check fluid and antifreeze levels.

Buckle up everyone in the vehicle – it’s the law.

 For more information on road conditions statewide, check or call 800-452-9292. 

 In addition, here is a list of emergency supplies drivers can keep in their vehicle:

Blankets/sleeping bags and extra clothing, mittens and hat

Cell phone, radio, flashlight, extra batteries

First-aid kit and pocket knife

High-calorie, nonperishable food, bottled water

Sack of sand or cat litter for de-icing roadway

Windshield scraper, tool kit, booster cables, tow rope and shovel

For additional information regarding winter weather preparedness, click here.