To the northern states this might not be a big deal, but here in Southeast Texas, we are not used to dealing with this kind of stuff. Ice is collecting on the roads, bridges, overpasses, on the cars, water lines are freezing and bursting, local government offices are closing, people are being told to stay off the roads.
The overpasses around the Beaumont, Port Arthur and Orange areas are frozen over. Some of our bridges are closed – like the Veterans memorial bridge and the Rainbow Bridge. The local news station showed a live feed from Interstate 10 through Beaumont this morning, and what was normally a busy highway, there were only a handfull of cars and 18-wheelers on the road.
The tarp that covers my boat has a thin lay of ice on it, and were rain water has collected, its frozen.
The windshields of my truck and my wifes SUV have a layer of frozen water on them.
The majority of the local court houses and schools are closed. But for some reason Jasper ISD did not close their schools and are putting kids on the icy roads. Maybe its time to elect a new school board.
Ice cycles off the roof of the storage building are maybe 1 – 1.5 inches long and growing.
Its not expected to get above freezing until tomorrow.
Post your comments about the recent ice storm in this thread of the forum – East Texas is Frozen.