Schools shut down and Fort Hood officials told soldiers and civilians to come in late, but the ice and snow that was expected hardly showed up in the Killeen area Tuesday.
Killeen-area roads were noticeably free of ice Tuesday morning as organizations cancelled operations or postponed opening times due to the threat of severe weather conditions.
School district officials in Belton, Copperas Cove, Florence, Gatesville, Killeen and Lampasas cancelled all classes Tuesday. So did Texas A&M University-Central Texas, Central Texas College and the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor campuses. Harker Heights shut down governmental entities including City Hall, the Recreation Center, the Library and Activity Center and the Pet Adoption Center.
A winter weather advisory issued by the National Weather Service expired at 9 a.m. Tuesday, due to dryness in the area.
Tuesday felt as cold as 10 degrees with the wind chill, according to Lamont Bain, a meteorologist with the NWS. Light snow flurries could be seen around 10 a.m. in Killeen.
With freezing temperatures to stay in place for much of today, the weather service issued a hazardous weather outlook for Bell, Coryell and Lampasas counties, and other parts of the state.
“A hard freeze is expected across all of North and Central Texas overnight through Wednesday morning with low temperatures falling into the single digits to the lower teens. Wind chill readings will range from 5 below zero to 5 above. In addition, any lingering slick spots on roads will not improve overnight,” according to NWS.
Fort Hood officials allowed soldiers and Department of the Army civilians to not report to work until 10 a.m. Tuesday, but mission essential personnel still had a normal duty report time. Physical training for soldiers was cancelled Tuesday morning, and heavy traffic was seen around 10 a.m. around Fort Hood.
The Central Texas Veterans Health Care System opened all of its clinic locations at 10 a.m. Tuesday.
Area high school athletic games and practices were postponed Tuesday as well. For new schedules, check here: http://bit.ly/2mJiNSA.
Forecast and shelter
The temperatures will warm back up starting today after a morning low of 11 degrees. It will be sunny with a high temperature of 36 degrees and a slight 5 to 10 mph wind. At night it will drop back down to 21 degrees.
Thursday will be mostly sunny, with a high of 45 degrees and a low of 33 at night. Friday will be rainy and temperatures will creep back into the upper 50s, but there will be wind gusts up to 20 miles per hour. By Saturday, the temperature will be in the 70s, and wind gusts will be up to 30 mph.
The Killeen Community Center, 2201 E. Veterans Memorial Blvd,, is open 24 hours a day to those seeking temporary relief from freezing temperatures and continuing as long as freezing temperatures persist. According to Killeen’s website, other shelter services may be available from the following resources: Friends in Crisis, 412 E. Sprott Ave.; Jesus Hope & Love Mission, 818 N. 4th St.; Cove House (Copperas Cove), 254-547-4673, Salvation Army (Temple), 254-774-9996.
The Killeen Community Center will remain open to the public for regular business hours and scheduled activities.
Sgt. David Roberts with the Department of Public Safety said that area driver’s license officers were closed Tuesday. There were no unusual or fatal crashes investigated by DPS or Killeen police Tuesday as of 5:30 p.m., officials said.
The Texas Department of Transportation did not report any ice on any area roadways as of 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. The closest reported ice on the roads was in Austin, according to TxDOT.