Icy weather shuts down most of San Marcos

As the freezing winter air and light snowfall and sleet meets the temperate San Marcos River, steam forms on the surface, a familiar site to most San Marcans as the cold weather continues. DAILY RECORD PHOTO BY DENISE CATHEY

Weather Update

Tuesday's icy weather shut down most of the city, including the outlet malls, and created hazardous driving conditions throughout the area.

Hays County and the city of San Marcos closed their offices Tuesday except for essential and emergency personnel, and the city council canceled its usual Tuesday work session and meeting because of hazardous driving conditions. The Hays County Commissioners Court held its weekly meeting Tuesday morning but pulled several items from the agenda in order to get everyone involved back home as quickly as possible.

The San Marcos City Council will conduct its work session and meeting on Jan. 30, the city announced in a press release.

“As emergency personnel respond to dozens of accidents throughout San Marcos, we felt it was important to keep citizens, staff and council members off the roads this afternoon and evening,” said City Manager Bert Lumbreras.  “We look forward to completing today’s work session and agenda on Jan. 30 and ask that everyone take extra precautions during this week’s freezing temperatures.”

Downtown, the seats of a Jeep were covered in ice during the winter storm this morning. Forecasters with the National Weather Service predicted Tuesday afternoon that precipitation would begin tapering off.

San Marcos Premium Outlets posted on social media that the mall would be closed on Tuesday. Tanger Outlets initially planned to open late because of the inclement weather but eventually posted that the mall would be closed all day Tuesday. Broadway Bank sent out a press release noting that all of its locations in the area affected by the winter storm would be closed for the day. Several local businesses, including Blue Dahila Bistro, Tantra Coffeehouse and Root Cellar Café, were shuttered on Tuesday, but others -- including both Dos Gatos locations and Wake the Dead Coffee House -- opened for business.

The National Weather Service posted Tuesday morning that freezing rain and sleet accumulations would make for "a very dangerous day for traveling" in the area. The city of San Marcos advised on Facebook that the McCarty exit on Northbound I-35 was closed for some time Tuesday morning while police cleared accidents in the area. Several wrecks were reported on the interstate.

Forecasters with the National Weather Service predicted Tuesday afternoon that precipitation would begin tapering off, but the sub-freezing temperatures mean that some roadways could remain icy overnight.

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