Weather closes schools, but roads remain open
February 07, 2014, 11:30 am by From Staff Reports
While freezing drizzle arrived Friday morning in the Highland Lakes, officials in the four-county area reported no road, bridge or overpass closures as of 11 a.m.
Citing precautionary measures as the reason, spokespersons with Burnet Consolidated Independent School District, Llano Independent School District and Marble Falls Independent School District canceled school for Friday.
Faith Academy in Marble Falls remained open.
Officials in Llano County, Blanco County, and the Lago Vista/Jonestown area are no accidents despite reports of ice patches and drizzle that has been turning to ice almost immediately after hitting motorists’ windshields.
In Burnet County, officials are reporting a "few vehicle accidents,” including a rollover crash on U.S. 281 that occurred north of Marble Falls at about 9:45 a.m. Friday.
Texas DPS Troopers said the wreck occurred when a red Dodge Dakota driven by Jameson Farrington, 40, started to slide on black ice that had developed on the Honey Creek bridge. When he drifted into the oncoming lane he corrected and went into a ditch, where he lost control and flipped. Jameson was not injured but his sister, Pamela Spratlen, 50, was transported to Seton Highland Lakes with unknown injuries.
Troopers said another accident at the same location had occurred earlier Friday morning when a white Mazda coupe slid on the same ice and hit both its front and back end on the guardrail of the bridge. There were no injuries in that accident.
Burnet County Sheriff W.T. Smith said that he had driven on
several northern Burnet County roads and didn’t find any ice issues, however
"by Storm’s and further north by Lake Victor there are icy conditions out
there,” he said. "Everyone needs to act with sense and drive sensibly.”
Burnet County Judge Donna Klaeger released the following statement: "Per TxDot and the Sheriff's office, all roads in Burnet County are clear and being treated. There were accidents this morning, which have been cleared. Burnet County Emergency Management recommends that Burnet County elected officials and department heads release employees mid afternoon to enable
Paul Yura with the National Weather Service released a report late Friday morning confirming that freezing drizzle had mostly affected roads, bridges and overpasses throughout the South Central Texas area.
"The precipitation … is extremely light and very difficult to pick up on radar,” Yura stated. "it definitely looks like most of the precip is falling as drizzle, although (we) have seen a few scattered reports of sleet.”
Yura said by late afternoon, most areas should be above freezing and earlier issues of icy roads/bridges should be "much improved.”
The National Weather Service posts forecasts for our area at www.weather.gov/Austin.
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