Houston, San Antonio, Austin under winter advisory
HOUSTON (AP) — Ice-glazed roads in Austin caused dozens of wrecks Tuesday morning as a line of moisture combined with frigid temperatures socked normally balmy Central and Southeast Texas for the second time in less than a week.
Upper decks of Interstate 35 and some flyover ramps in Austin were closed. Police reported more than 150 traffic wrecks in Austin after 5 a.m.
The University of Texas at Austin, along with several state offices and other school districts, delayed opening until noon. Others closed for the day.
In Houston, there were only scattered reports of freezing rain and traffic was light. Most schools and city and county offices throughout the area were closed. The Texas Department of Transportation sent sanding trucks to overpasses where ice was reported.
Last Friday, a similar storm that also brought snowfall to some places was blamed for hundreds of traffic accidents in far wider area of Central and South Texas.
The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory for the Houston, Austin and San Antonio areas until midday. That was an improvement from the winter storm warning that had been issued for Houston. The warning remained in effect until 6 a.m. Wednesday for far Southeast Texas, including Beaumont, where authorities closed about a half dozen traffic bridges in anticipation of treacherous conditions.
Airlines canceled hundreds of flights at Houston’s Bush Intercontinental and Hobby airports.