This article has been updated.
Another hard freeze followed Thursday’s snowfall in San Antonio, but the city’s airport runways reopened Friday and local bus service resumed as sunshine began melting much of the snow and ice from the week.
Fewer than 450 homes in San Antonio were still without power as of noon Friday, according to the CPS Energy outage map. At a high point Tuesday, more than 300,000 CPS Energy customers were without power.
San Antonians were still being asked to boil their drinking water as water supply across the state dwindled. San Antonio Water System officials began urging customers with lower-than-normal water pressure to boil drinking water Wednesday.
For residents seeking food or water, distributions of both were set for Friday. The San Antonio Food Bank was hosting distributions at three sites, while SAWS opened seven water distribution locations across the city at its pump stations.
Friday night to Saturday morning could see another hard freeze, but Friday’s forecast high of 48 degrees meant Thursday’s more than 2 inches of snow would mostly vanish. Residents should stay off the roads as melting snow refreezes to ice, weather officials said Thursday.
“One thing we are trying to keep track of is the amount of hours below freezing” the region has seen, said Paul Yura, warning coordination meteorologist at the National Weather Service Austin-San Antonio. “And so we’re getting up there, we’re getting close to the record streak of how many hours consecutively we’ve seen below freezing.”
Conditions are forecast to improve over the weekend, as even the expected lows shift back to above-freezing temperatures beginning Saturday. San Antonians were expected to see highs in the 70s next week.
Several warming centers remain open to aid those struggling, including one managed by the City at the Henry B. González Convention Center that can shelter hundreds. Others have much more limited capacities and resources, and residents should call ahead.
|Henry B. González Convention Center||900 E. Market St.||311|
|Losoya Middle School (9 a.m.-9 p.m.)||1610 Martinez Losoya Road||210-626-2333|
|Our Lady of Angels Catholic Church (no restroom access)||1214 Stonewall St.||210-924-6591|
|Our Lady of Guadalupe Helotes||13715 Riggs Road, Helotes||210-695-8791|
|Sacred Heart Catholic Church (open overnight if needed)||2114 W. Houston St.||210-227-5059|
|St. Patrick Catholic Church||1114 Willow St.||210-226-5223|
|Bexar County Fire Marshal’s Office||9810 Southton Road||210-335-0300|
Roads remained icy in spots, and residents should stay off the roads as much as possible, city officials said in a statement Thursday evening.
Parts of U.S. Highway 281 North, Loop 410 NW, and U.S. Highway 151 were closed, as are several highway direct connectors.
The San Antonio International Airport closed its airfield Thursday afternoon due to weather conditions. No flights came in or out of the San Antonio Airport Thursday, said spokeswoman Tonya Hope.
The airfield reopened at noon Friday, but Hope stressed that passengers should check their flight status with their airline.
VIA announced its bus and van service would resume service at 10 a.m. Friday, running on an essential services schedule.
COVID-19 vaccinations and testing
The Alamodome will be open for people who have a scheduled second dose COVID-19 vaccine appointment starting at noon Friday, according to Metro Health’s social media. Appointments scheduled before noon Friday may arrive between noon and 6:30 p.m.
COVID-19 vaccination appointments scheduled through the City of San Antonio at the Alamodome for Thursday have been rescheduled for the same appointment time on Monday, City officials said. Appointments originally scheduled for Monday, Feb. 15, have been rescheduled for Friday; appointments set for Tuesday, Feb. 16, have been moved to Saturday; and appointments made for Wednesday, Feb. 17, have been moved to Sunday.
Both WellMed vaccination clinics in San Antonio will remain closed through the end of the week, WellMed announced. Patients scheduled to receive their second COVID-19 vaccinations this week at these clinics should return next week to their assigned location on the same day of the week to receive their shot. For example, if you had been scheduled to receive your shot at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Alicia Trevino Lopez One-Stop Center, you will go to the Lopez center at 10 a.m. on Feb. 24.
The University Health COVID-19 vaccine site at Wonderland of the Americas mall was closed Thursday due to the weather, and the vaccine shipment UH officials were expecting Thursday did not arrive.
All Thursday appointments were rescheduled for Monday at the same time, provided UH receives vaccine. Residents with vaccine appointments scheduled for Friday should check vaccine availability before coming to Wonderland.
Those who were not able to make it to their appointments on Tuesday should also check the UH website before coming to Wonderland to make sure the hospital system has vaccine and the facility is open.
Several of the City’s coronavirus testing sites were closed because of the weather. To view updated testing hours and closures, click here.
Garbage collection will resume Friday. Garbage routes from Tuesday have been partially collected. Those remaining collections will be completed first, followed by Wednesday collection routes, then Thursday routes, according to a city statement.
Garbage collection will continue through Saturday and possibly Sunday.
The Department of Solid Waste Management requested that residents do not place extra bags of garbage beside their brown carts. There will be no recycling or organics collected this week. All drop-off centers will open at 10:00 am on Friday.
Most school districts have been closed this week due to the icy weather and plan to make up the days later in the year. Here’s an updated list of school closures:
|District||In-person learning||Remote learning|
|Alamo Heights||Closed Friday||No|
|East Central||Closed Friday||No|
|Fort Sam Houston||Closed Friday||No|
|Medina Valley||Closed Friday||No|
|North East||Closed Friday||No|
|San Antonio||Closed Friday||No|
|Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City||Closed Friday||No|
|South San Antonio||Closed Friday||No|
The University of Texas at San Antonio and Texas A&M University-San Antonio will be closed through Friday night but plan to reopen their campuses Saturday. Our Lady of the Lake University, Trinity University, University of the Incarnate Word, and San Antonio College will remain closed through Friday.