COASTAL BEND —
The latest on what is happening across the Coastal Bend related to the winter storm.
8:30 A.M.: Banquete ISD, which planned to open at 11 a.m., will be closed today.
8:25 A.M.: Police looking to remove an abandoned vehicle on SPID eastbound near the West Point Road exit.
8:24 A.M.: Two-vehicle accident at Leopard and Tuloso Road, teenage boy injured with neck pain.
8:22 A.M.: AEP’s Andy Heines says there are relatively few problems in the immediate area, despite a few hundred people without power from weather related issues. All are being fixed now, and it would have to get a lot colder and wind would have to blow a lot harder before ice on lines would cause major outages, he said.
8:15 A.M.: Vehicle in the ditch at Ayers and Saratoga, no injuries.
8:10 A.M.: Gregory-Portland ISD will be closed today.
8:06 A.M.: Ingleside ISD will be closed today because of the weather. Checking on holdouts G-P and Banquete now.
8 A.M.: Police are asking that people stay home if possible, and if not absolutely stay off of the area’s elevated highways until barricades are removed and they are reopened.
There are presently four locations with vehicles from some of the more than 100 overnight accidents stranded on highways, because wreckers can’t reach them, said Senior Officer Julie Garcia.
There are at: Crosstown Expressway at Port Avenue, Horne Road and Agnes Street, and at the interchange between Padre Island Drive and Crosstown Expressway
The JFK Causeway is closed to Padre Island. And access from Flour Bluff to the Southside and Island is closed, both on State Highway 358 and the Oso Creek Bridge.
Harbor Bridge and Joe Fulton Corridor remain closed, and while Nueces Bay Causeway is accessible from Portland and Corpus Christi Beach police are warning that people stay off of it.
“It’s glazed with ice, with gravel on top,” said Lt. Arturo Trevino. “But it is very dangerous, and people should avoid putting themselves at risk.”
Police have made six arrests overnight, two for public intoxication, three for driving while intoxicated and one for family violence, Garcia said.
Police are also seeking an older model white Mercury Sable involved in a hit and run that injured two children about 7:30 p.m. in the 400 block of 16th Street. A 14-year-old girl is in intensive care at Christus Spohn Hospital Memorial, and an 11-year-old boy is at Driscoll Children’s Hospital.
The children were trying to cross after coming down a Crosstown Expressway embankment.
7:52 A.M.: Car hit a building on Leopard.
7:47 A.M.: On cue, police say Starr and Water streets downtown are icy.
7:45 A.M.: Reports from employees arrive at the Caller-Times say SPID frontage roads are passible, Ocean Drive is good for travel and Airline Road between SPID and Ocean is also clear. Worst of it was on downtown roads not Ocean or Shoreline … and our parking lot.
7:43 A.M.: Citgo West reports they will have some flaring this morning, so that’s where the smoke is coming from that you see in that area.
7:41 A.M.: The ice on the roadway at South Staples Street and Oso Parkway has been sanded. Police say the roadway remains open, but proceed with caution.
7:24 A.M.: Corpus Christi officer just spotted a car in the ditch on the Airline Road curve near Yorktown. Officer going 5 mph to avoid doing the same. Two other cars are stopped and not going anywhere because they are concerned of going off the road.
7:17 A.M.: Yorktown Road west of Airline Road has ice on roadway. Corpus Christi police said traffic officers are headed that way.
7:15 A.M.: The Department of Motor Vehicles in Corpus Christi will open late at noon today.
7:10 A.M.: TxDOT is discouraging drivers from getting out on the roads unless travel is absolutely essential. Motorists can consult www.txdot.gov for current statewide and local roadway condition information and winter weather driving tips. Information on Texas and local roadway conditions is also available by calling the Texas Road Condition and Travel Information Line, 1-800-452-9292.
7:07 A.M.: Truck in the ditch at Highway 44 eastbound and McKinzie. No injuries, driver said he’ll pick up the truck later.
7:03 A.M.: This just in from Texas Department of Transportation: TxDOT is warning that roads in the Coastal Bend and surrounding areas are likely to remain closed Friday unless temperatures start to rise. State maintained roads, bridges and overpasses that have been closed since Thursday evening are anticipated to remain closed until possibly Saturday at noon.
State Highway 286, State Highway 358, State Highway 44, and Interstate 37 are all closed along with all bridges and overpasses.
6:34 A.M.: Still a dozen or so vehicles waiting for JFK Bridge to be reopened so they can return to Padre Island, Corpus Christi police said.
6:17 A.M.: National Weather Service reported they had a tenth of an inch of ice as of midnight. As of 6:15 a.m., there was 3/8 of an inch of ice at the Corpus Christi International Airport. Ice totals are expected to reach 1/4 inch in most areas and slightly more in some parts of the Coastal Bend.
6:13 A.M.: Wonder why Corpus Christi police and TxDOT made the call to close all the highways Thursday night? From 6:35 p.m. – the time of the first accident – to 11:30 p.m., there was a total of 94 traffic accidents.
6:07 A.M.: There is ice on roadway at South Staples Street and Oso Parkway. Officers are standing by for sand truck. Police advise drivers to take an alternate route.
6:04 A.M.: The National Weather Service is maintaining a winter storm warning until noon Friday for the Coastal Bend.
5:57 A.M.: If you parked outside, you will be greeted with a problem that is affecting the police now, icy windows. One office said he has been running his car for 30 minutes and still has ice on the window. A handful made a wise investment in ice scrapers.
5:52 A.M.: National Weather Service expects temperatures to remain below freezing until after noon Friday, likely keeping many roads icy until the sun breaks through the clouds. But the clear skies will make for a 4th straight below freezing start to the day on Saturday. Temperatures will range from the upper teens to mid 20s across South Texas.
5:41 A.M.: While the National Weather Service expects this to be an all rain event for the Coastal Bend, snow totals in Dallas are at 5 inches, according to WFAA-TV.
5:35 A.M.: After cleaning up from a previous rollover, police just had another rollover at Weber Road and Oso Creek. Driver not injured. Police likely to shut down the bridge as surface roads are getting dangerous as well.
5:15 A.M.: Harbor Bridge remains closed because of ice.
5:00 A.M.: Both North & South bound lanes of the Nueces River Bridge has been closed because of icy conditions, according to Corpus Christi police.
4:44 A.M.: While it was closed temporarily while TxDOT treated State Highway 361, ferry operation from Aransas Pass to Port Aransas resumed just before 11 p.m. and are continuing.
LAST NIGHT: Due to deteriorating road conditions, Texas Department of Transportation crews as of 8:45 p.m. detoured all traffic off major highways, bridges and overpasses. Affected highways are State Highway 286, State Highway 358, State Highway 44, and Interstate 37. TxDOT urges all motorists to stay off highways, bridges, and overpasses as roadways continue to ice over.
There was no word on when bridges and causeways closed by icy conditions would be reopened. But temperatures aren’t expected to be above freezing until about noon Friday, according to the National Weather Service.
As of 9 p.m., additional closures have been announced for U.S. Highway 181, Nueces Bay Causeway and Farm-to-Market Road 70 from U.S. Highway 77 to State Highway 286.
Corpus Christi police set up patrol cars about 8 p.m. Thursday at the entrances to Interstate 37 and the Harbor Bridge in downtown Corpus Christi to prevent motorists from driving onto the icy roads as freezing rain and sleet blew into the Coastal Bend.
Continue reading here: TxDOT: Some roads, bridges may be closed until Saturday