SAN ANGELO, Texas (Concho Valley Homepage) — (Update: January 31, 2023, 6:00 a.m.) — The National Weather Service extended a winter storm warning issued Monday afternoon until 6:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 2, 2023.
Early Tuesday morning, January 31st, the National Weather Service issued a statement advising that several rounds of freezing rain were expected throughout the Concho Valley and West Central Texas, with the possibility of sleet for many parts of the region.
Schools and public institutions throughout the Concho Valley closed early on Monday in anticipation of winter weather and potentially dangerous driving conditions. On Tuesday morning, the San Angelo Police Department issued a Nixle alert warning drivers to avoid all roadways because of the increased danger of icy buildup.
(January 30, 2023, 3:30 p.m.) — According to the San Angelo Police Department, the Winter Storm Warning has been extended until Wednesday afternoon.
The Nixle alert listed the threat as severe, with a significant threat to life or property. Several rounds of wintery precipitation are expected to begin late Monday night. The Warning has been extended from 9 a.m. on Wednesday, February 1, 2023, to noon Wednesday.
The alert warned that accumulation of ice on the roadway, especially bridges and overpasses, will cause hazardous travel conditions from late Monday night through Tuesday night. Due to the ice accumulations, a few power outages and tree damage will also be possible.
The NWS SA also warned drivers of “sneaky” winter hazards such as freezing drizzle and asked drivers to slow down, not use cruise control, and keep their distance from other vehicles.
AAA Texas reminded drivers to remove all ice from windshields before driving off in frigid winter weather. To avoid bodily injury or a costly car repair, it is best to play it safe and remove all snow and ice.
Additional tips from the NWS include leaving vehicle wipers down, having a week’s worth of food and prescriptions, and keeping devices charged.