Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, TX

February 12, 2014

Again? Freezing rain causes travel problems; schools close, delay


— By CLINT FOSTER



For the fifth time since November, Palo Pinto County found itself in the middle of a Texas-shaped outdoor ice box after yet another episode of inclement winter weather, Tuesday.

A cold and dreary Monday gave way to a night full of freezing drizzle that dusted Mineral Wells and much of North Texas in a thin blanket of ice, leading to cautious driving and school closures. This most recent icing came just four days before temperatures are expected to jump into the 70s for a sunny Saturday and Sunday.

Just another week of spastic Texas weather.

Tuesday temperatures dipped into the mid-20s with a high at around 28 degrees. Unlike previous severe weather days, this most winter blast didn’t set any records, but a freezing wind close to 10 mph kept residents bundled up.

The thin ice caused Mineral Wells ISD to delay their school day by two hours as a precaution. Meanwhile, around the rest of the area, Santo, Palo Pinto, Millsap, Garner, Perrin, Strawn, Graford and Gordon school districts all gave their students and faculty the day off.

Mineral Wells Public Works Director Kelly Jones said this most recent episode has been the easiest for city road crews to deal with throughout this entire winter full of ice and snow.

He said city trucks sanded a few areas of concern – primarily bridges that held the highest risk of freezing and hilly areas such as NE 6th Avenue. But overall, he said the roads were not too bad and his crews were done sanding by noon.

“This has been the easiest one,” Jones said of the Tuesday ice.

“Everything cleared up real fast this morning. It didn’t last long.”