SAN ANTONIO – Alamo City turned into a winter wonderland on Monday after snow and ice-covered highways and city streets overnight.
With snow so rare in our area, some may enjoy the frost. Others who had to maneuver vehicles with ice on roads were not so amused.
“I moved right here like two months ago,” said Gabriela Yambo, who moved from North Carolina. “I grew up in Connecticut and we really become like the snow every week.”
Yambo thought she had finally escaped the snow. Sunday night, however, the slippery road conditions intensified as 3.7 inches of snow fell, leaving many roads throughout San Antonio impassable.
Of the many wrecks, a KSAT crew spotted a pileup with several vehicles on a ramp on US 90 near Highway 151 on the West Side, where at least one semi-trailer was broken.
SE: ‘We are still asking people not to go out,’ says TxDOT official
The Texas Department of Transportation closed local state roads Sunday night as a precaution.
“We currently have crews trying to target the major highways in Bexar County,” said Laura Lopez, a spokeswoman for TxDOT.
Lopez said about 40 trucks sprayed brine and chatrock on highways after plowing Monday.
This unusual winter storm turned out to have a greater impact than people expected.
“I guess this has not happened often, so hopefully it will not happen again,” Yambo said.
In the middle of the afternoon on Monday, a lot of snow and ice on the city streets melted in mud and even water, but with future road conditions still uncertain, TxDOT says it is not certain when all state roads will reopen.
The City of San Antonio sent KSAT the following statement:
“Public works monitor roads after the rare winter conditions and snow accumulation. Crews assist the SAPD by placing barricades on city-maintained bridges and crossings to prevent drivers from crossing dangerous roads.
Once the snow begins to melt, Public Works crews will continue to disperse a gravel material that helps with the traction of the vehicle. There are some failing traffic signals due to rolling out power outages and we urge residents to avoid driving if possible. ”
Bexar County officials announced that county facilities would be closed and trials canceled on Tuesday.
As always, your weather team will keep you updated. You can get the latest forecast at any time by bookmarking ours weather page and download the KSAT Weather Authority app – available for both Apple and Android devices.
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