Winter storm leaves icy bridges, overpasses


by staff

Posted on January 23, 2014 at 6:49 AM

Updated Saturday, Jan 25 at 12:02 AM

HOUSTON—An Arctic blast dropped temperatures and brought snow and ice to Southeast Texas overnight.

As temperatures hover in the low 30s Friday, some roads may remain icy so drivers are advised to use caution, especially on bridges and overpasses, KHOU 11 News Meteorologist Brooks Garner said.

The icy road conditions on Friday morning left many commuters stranded on Houston roadways. The slick roads were blamed for hundreds of accidents in the Houston area, including a jack-knifed 18-wheeler that slammed through a concrete barrier.

Temperatures slowly rose above freezing in the afternoon. By 5:30 p.m., most roads had been cleared for any icing.

In Huntsville, residents enjoyed a light blanket of snow that stayed on the ground through sunrise. Further south, dozens of freeway ramps and overpasses were shut down due to icing.

Most Houston-area school districts canceled classes for the day, including Houston ISD, Katy ISD, and Fort Bend ISD.

While areas from College Station to Huntsville experienced a mix of snow and sleet, those hoping for snow closer to Houston were out of luck. 

By 1 p.m. the precipitation was coming to an end, but moisture and heavy cloud cover remained in the atmosphere keeping temperatures cool, KHOU 11 News Meteorologist Mario Gomez said.

The temperatures are set to stay just above freezing through about 5 p.m. or 6 pm. Then at about 8 p.m. we’ll face that downward trend again with numbers dropping below the freezing mark, he said.  

The rest of this weekend will be cold in the early-morning hours, but our daytime highs will get into the 60s.

We’ll cool down again next week with daytime temperatures in the 40s and 50s. Another blast of cold air will drop us into the 30s early Monday and into the 20s early Tuesday.

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