Due to forecasts indicating freezing temperatures, and the possibility of sleet and snow developing between midnight Tuesday and Wednesday morning in Nueces, San Patricio, and Kleberg counties, several area school districts have rearranged their schedules accordingly; TxDOT is also preparing for wintry road conditions.
According to the National Weather Service (NWS), overnight forecasts showa slight chance of rain and sleet before 9 p.m., then a chance of rain, snow, freezing rain, and sleet between 9 p.m. and midnight. A chance of snow, freezing rain, and sleet can be expected after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 50-percent. Total nighttime snow and sleet accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
On Wednesday, a slight chance of snow and sleet can be expected before 10 a.m.
As of 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 28, these are the current morning school schedules for tomorrow, Wednesday, Jan. 29:
Tuloso-Midway ISD will be closed.
Refugio ISD will begin classes at 10 a.m.; buses will run two hours late.
Mathis ISD will begin classes at 9:30 a.m.; buses will run two hours late.
Banquete ISD will begin classes at 9 a.m.; buses will run an hour late.
Agua Dulce ISD will begin classes at 9 a.m.; buses will run an hour late.
Calallen ISD will begin classes at 10 a.m. for elementary students, secondary students begin classes at 11 a.m.; buses will run two hours late.
Corpus Christi ISD classes will begin at their regular scheduled times, unless otherwise notified.
Odem-Edroy ISD will begin classes at 10 a.m.; buses will run two hours late.
Sinton ISD will begin classes at 10 a.m.; buses will run two hours late.
George West ISD classes will begin at their regular schedules times, unless otherwise notified.
Driscoll ISD classes will begin at their regular scheduled times, unless otherwise notified.
TxDOT has been preparing for the likely event of bridge and road closures across the Coastal Bend, stockpiling equipment, and readying roads throughout Corpus Christi and San Patricio County. TxDot states that their primary response responsibilities will be with the JFK Causeway and SH 358 (SPID); the Harbor Bridge and the Nueces Bay Causeway; the Calallen area, including I-37, US-77 and the Nueces Bay Bridge, and the Joe Fulton Corridor.
As always, TxDOT warns motorists to stay cautious while on the road, and to only make necessary trips. Avoid driving, if possible. Otherwise, reduce your speed; stay back at least 200 ft from trucks and equipment treating roadways; use extra caution on bridges, ramps and overpasses as they are the first to freeze; remember that if you start to slide, ease off the gas pedal or brakes and steer in the direction of the skid until you have regained traction.
Finally, TxDOT reminds motorists to stay in your vehicle at all times, even if involved in a crash. If one vehicle slid off the road, it's very likely more will follow. Staying in your vehicle could help save your life.