SAN ANTONIO — South-central Texas's prolonged stretch of sub-freezing temperatures, icy conditions and hazardous roads finally came to an end after the days-long Winter Storm Warning for our area expired Thursday evening and a Hard Freeze Warning expired Saturday morning.
Sunday evening, Mayor Ron Nirenberg said in the daily coronavirus briefing that auto-pay settings would be disabled for all CPS Energy customers after concerns brewed about anticipated high bills to come due to the winter storm.
At 1 p.m. Monday, CPS Energy is holding an online Board of Trustees' meeting and it's open to the public to listen in.
As of 8 a.m. Sunday, San Antonio Water System said "water has been restored to 98% of the city."
If you're wondering whether you need to continue to boil your water, our story will connect you to the SAWS link that lets you check your address to see if it's still recommended based on your location.
And if you need water, here's a list of the places you can get up to five gallons. You do need to bring your own container.
Latest KENS 5 forecast
Here's the latest KENS 5 forecast from our Weather Team:
Despite an overnight cold front, highs will be in the low 70s today.
Highs will be in the 70s over the next couple days. It should be a cooler Thursday with highs only near 60°.
Showers are possible Thursday through Saturday with a chance for storms Sunday.
Today: Sunny and nice. High 71°
Tonight: Mostly clear and cool. Low 42°
Tomorrow: Mostly sunny. High 73°
The National Weather Service: This was definitely a week that will live in the history books.
Live traffic updates
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Transportation officials are urging residents to be careful when driving, even as the ice melts.
VIA Metropolitan Transit has resumed their services, but expect delays as some roads are still closed.
More information on current road closures can be found here.
Updated closings list
Several districts will resume school Monday. There also are other locations, including vaccine clinics, that have changed their plans due to the winter weather. Click here for a full list.
Latest Storm Updates
New Braunfels residents cleared of boiling water
New Braunfels Utilities announced Sunday afternoon that crews have been able to restore water quality and NBU's customers no longer need to boil their water before consuming. San Antonio's boil water notice remains in effect for some areas of the city.
Mayor Nirenberg provides update
He announced that the warming center at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center closed at 5 p.m. Saturday. He said it was about empty, and it managed to serve 500 people and some pets. He gave credit to animal caretakers who have stepped up, and said shelters are crowded and there's a substantial need for fosters and adopters.
He put out a call for blood donations, and reminded everyone again that price gouging is illegal. Regarding the idea that residents may pay for the energy crisis over the next ten years, he called it unconscionable that the people who have borne the brunt of the crisis should not bear the burden of the cost.
SAWS lifts Boil Water Notice in some places
San Antonio Water Service CEO Robert Puente said that about 10% of the community remained without power, but he lifted the Boil Water Notice for a large portion of the city in green on the map below:
Cibolo issues boil water notice
Due to reduced distribution system pressure, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has required the City of Cibolo Public water system to notify all customers of the Upper Pressure Zone to boil their water prior to consumption (e.g., washing hands/face, brushing teeth, drinking, etc.).
SAWS opens bulk water distribution sites
San Antonio Water System says they are opening seven water distribution sites across the city on Friday in order to provide customers with water.
SAWS issues voluntary boil water notice
On Wednesday afternoon, San Antonio Water System issued a "Voluntary Boil Water Notice" as a precautionary measure in response to low pressure and frozen pipes within homes. Click here to read more.
Airport projected to open airfield at 12 p.m. Friday
Due to improving weather conditions, San Antonio International Airport is expected to reopen its airfield. Click here for more details.
SA hits 100 hours of freezing/sub-freezing temperatures
For only the second time in its history, the City of San Antonio was under 32 degrees for 100 straight hours. The dubious mark was reached at 4 a.m. Wednesday.
It's been 70 years since the last time – and only other time – this happened in San Antonio. In 1951, the city was mired in freezing conditions for 109 straight hours. There's an outside chance that we reached that mark again early Wednesday afternoon, but we are expecting to "heat up" into the mid-to-high-30s before that point.
Boil water notice issued for Kerrville
Frozen and burst pipes have reduced the water pressure in Kerrville, triggering a boil water notice for the city. They recommend running a slow drip from faucets, but otherwise reducing consumption.
Lytle boil water notice ends
The Lytle Police Department announced Saturday morning that boiling water is no longer required as water tests look good.
Boil water notice ends for Kenedy
The City of Kenedy has ended its boil water notice. If you have questions, contact Jerry Higgins at (303 W. Main, (830) 583-2230 or (830) 583-3217.
Gov. Abbott responds to power outages
Gov. Greg Abbott said the state is working with affected power-generating companies as Texas experiences widespread power outages amid winter storms and extreme cold. Read more here.
Most schools closed for Wednesday
The majority of schools across the San Antonio area announced they will be closed for both in-person and remote learning again on Wednesday. Here's a complete list.
VIA service suspended
In addition, VIA Transit announced Saturday that bus service will be suspended from 6 p.m. Sunday through Tuesday in anticipation of the most severe weather window for the city. Click here for more details.
ERCOT declares level 3 Energy Emergency Alert in Texas
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas upgraded its Energy Emergency Alert to its third stage, as of 1:25 a.m. Monday, and urged customers to reduce the use of electricity. ERCOT said rotating outages are underway and that traffic lights and infrastructure across the state might be without power.
Amid the rotating outages, the National Weather Service offered tips on keeping warm without power.
Biden approves disaster declaration
President Joe Biden approved a disaster declaration for the entire state of Texas on Sunday, authorizing federal agencies to direct the response to the winter weather.
BCSO helps rescue tiger from cold
Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar said that one of many calls his office got regarding animals being left outside was about a "crying tiger." He said the jungle cat was in a poorly secured cage outside, and is now safely in the care of a wildlife rescue. He said he was not sure if this was the same tiger that animal control had been looking for last week, saying that this one appeared to be more mature.
SAFD responds to almost 200 calls
From 8 p.m. Saturday through 5:45 a.m. Sunday, the San Antonio Fire Department received 197 calls from residents asking for help due to the inclement weather. An overwhelming majority of the calls were for motor vehicle crashes.
San Antonio-area leaders issued an emergency declaration urging residents to "take proper precautions" ahead of the worst of the storm. The move activated local emergency management operations should the need arise. At 11:30 a.m. Sunday, San Antonio Police Chief William McManus said it was not safe for anyone to be on the highways. He pointed to a crash involving an officer who was critically struck overnight while tending to another crash.
Grocery store hours adjusted
H-E-B said it was temporarily adjusting store hours in San Antonio and across Texas as the winter weather clamps down. Find out more here.
Texas disaster declaration
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Friday issued a disaster declaration for all 254 Texas counties in response to winter weather across the state. He doubled down a day later, imploring Texans to stay off roads and conserving power wherever possible. On Saturday, the federal government obliged the declaration, authorizing FEMA to provide emergency resources where needed.
Safe home heating
The Bexar County Fire Marshal reminds people to use only safe means of heating; stoves, ovens, space heaters and others are considered potentially hazardous and should be avoided.
The Bexar County Office of Emergency Management shared some of the following safety tips:
- Keep all fireplaces, wood stoves, radiators, space heaters or candles at least three feet away from anything that can burn, such as curtains, carpet, mattresses, and blankets
- Have a three-foot “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heaters
- Never use an oven to heat your home
- Turn off and unplug space heaters when leaving the room or going to bed
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