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Police use Facebook to help man get off work during icy weather

Police in Texas used social media to offer a helping hand to a man who was trying to get off work as roads across the region began to ice over earlier this week.

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Police posted a warning on their Facebook page at 6:37 a.m. Tuesday telling citizens that all city offices would be closed. They urged area residents to stay inside and do their best to keep warm.

One man needed more help and turned to the Seguin Police Department. Justin Garcia, who is listed on Facebook as a resident of San Marcos, asked police for a note for work.

>> Photos: Snow blankets the South

Deputy Chief Bruce Ure delivered:

“Dear Justin’s Boss,” Ure wrote, “The roads are bad and are going to get worse. Much worse. Please let him stay home, warm and safe and enjoy some Hulu or some cool shows on Netflix. And, he needs a raise. He rocks. Respectfully ~ Deputy Chief Ure.”

Garcia left a comment on the police Facebook page the next day, saying he had gotten the day off. 

Super blue blood moon eclipse: What you need to know

super blue blood moon? Yes!

It is happening on the last day of this month. A blue moon typically gets its name when it occurs as the second of two full moons in one calendar month.

>> ‘Potentially hazardous' monster asteroid will fly close to Earth

But something very special will happen to the moon on this date. The full moon will pass through the Earth’s shadow during the early morning of Jan. 31 to give us a total lunar eclipse. During the time of the total eclipse, the moon will appear reddish in color, which is where it gets to be called a “blood moon.” Totality, when the moon will be entirely inside the Earth’s dark umbral shadow, will last a bit more than 1 1/4 hours.

The Jan. 31 full moon is also the third in a series of three straight full moon supermoons – that is, super-close full moons. It’s the first of two blue moons in 2018. So it’s not just a lunar eclipse, or a blue moon, or a supermoon. It’s all three – a super blue moon eclipse.

Is it the first blue moon total eclipse in 150 years in America.

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The eclipse will get underway at 6:48 a.m. EST/3:48 a.m. PST Jan. 31. You’ll have to be up high with a good view of the western horizon to see the eclipse when it is total, as the moon will be setting as the eclipse reaches totality.

Those in the western United States will be able to view the full eclipse. But don’t let the setting moon stop you from getting to see a good part of the eclipse. It still should be a neat sight early in the morning if skies are clear and it is not too cold.

– Eric Elwell is WHIO-TV's chief meteorologist. Contact him at eric.elwell@coxinc.com or follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

Another meteor? Reports come in of bright flash across Ohio, Indiana night sky

Another meteor may have lit up the sky late Wednesday.

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Several reports have come into WHIO-TV's newsroom of a bright flash that shot across the sky just before midnight Thursday. People from Englewood, Ohio; Marysville, Ohio; and Randolph County, Indiana, have said they saw the bright flash, with some saying it was bright blue or blue-green.

>> WATCH: Meteor spotted in Ohio, Michigan, Canada

The American Meteor Society received several reports of a meteor in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan and Kentucky.

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A meteor also was spotted in Ohio, Michigan and Canada late Tuesday.

Georgia sheriff: I don't care if you're from Wisconsin or need beer, stay home

The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office was back at it again with the jokes (and insults) as Georgia woke up to a messy wintry mix Wednesday, prompting schools, businesses and nearly three-fourths of the state’s roadways to close.

>> Is it safe to eat snow? Here's why you really shouldn't

State government offices are remaining closed for non-essential personnel Thursday across the 83 counties affected by winter weather, Gov. Nathan Deal said.

>> Tips, warning signs for frostbite, hypothermia

Although the weather’s no joke, the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office brought some humor to its Facebook page on what many found to be a frustrating snow day.

>> 5 things you won’t want to leave in a freezing car

“I know you need cigarettes, beer and wine to get you through having your kids at home. Can you just do without for a day? Stay home,” one post read.

In another post, the office noted the multiple morning crashes due to the inclement weather. “Body shops and wrecker companies just love y’all.”

More from the Sheriff’s Office:

>> On AJC.com: How to prepare your family, home and car for hazardous weather

While most readers lauded the sheriff’s office for its jokes, some found the announcements to be disrespectful.

“Government entity at its finest. Oconee, be respectful! We all feel what you are saying, however, some of the things you are saying are offense considering you are a government office and serving the public (those stupid beer and cigarette runners). Thank you!” commenter Wendi Turpen Hood wrote.

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Another commenter, Nikki Giamarino, noted some serious implications of bad weather.

“My employer called off work. But what about people who’s employer didn’t? What about single parents who cannot afford to lose their jobs due to absence? I wish the world was a kinder place,” she wrote.

>> On AJC.com: Atlanta snow 2018: Twitter erupts in memes, jokes and snowy scenes

This isn’t the first time the Oconee Sheriff’s Office has garnered attention for its humor.

Following Georgia’s win against Auburn last month, the office wrote, “Show proof you graduated from Auburn and we will discount your speeding tickets by 5 miles per hour,” the post said. “Y'all have had enough of a beating today.”

In August, before the total solar eclipse, Oconee Sheriff Scott Berry warned residents to prepare for the end of the world. “It’s very likely this is the end of life on this planet as we know it,” he wrote.

Wednesday Closings and Delays

Icy conditions on the road remain a factor this morning when traveling, so a lot of school and businesses are starting with a two hour delay. Here’s the current list of closings and delays:

Alamo Colleges

The Alamo Colleges District will open at normal time on Wednesday.

Alamo Heights ISD

All AHISD Schools and Offices will be open today with the exception of Howard Early Childhood Center. The heating system for most of Howard went out yesterday evening. Our staff has worked tirelessly through the night to repair it.

Bandera ISD will have a two-hour delay tomorrow, Jan. 17, with classes beginning at noon. Buses will pick students up two hours later than normal.

Blanco ISD classes will be delayed 2 hours on Wednesday.

Boerne ISD will delay start times 2 hours Wednesday morning. Out of an abundance of caution for our students and staff - including those in outlying hill country areas - this decision is consistent with what is known currently about projected weather and road conditions. Safety is our top priority. Please drive safely on your way to school Wednesday. Elementary start: 9:45 a.m. Middle and High School start: 10:50 a.m.

Brackett ISD will be on a delay. Click HERE for the details.

Comal ISD schools will run on a two-hour delay. Elementary school classes will begin at 9:4 a.m. Middle school classes will begin at 10:45 a.m. Buses will pick up students two hours later than normal. All morning Pre-K and PPCD classes will be cancelled. Afternoon classes will run on regular schedule. Tuition-based, full-day Pre-K will also follow the two-hour delay schedule.

Concordia Lutheran School

CLS will return to normal school hours on Wednesday and the Child Care Center will also be open.

Cuero ISD will start school at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 17. If school is canceled, parents will receive an automated call, email, and posting on the district's Facebook page by 8 a.m.

D'Hanis ISD will be open on Wednesday, but classes will start two hours late.

EPISD will be open Wednesday but will have a delayed entry. Click HERE for more info.

ECISD will return to normal class schedules on Jan. 17 and all offices will be open.

EISD will be open and classes will resume at normal time on Wednesday, Jan. 17.

Floresville ISD will delay school 2 hours on Wednesday. Head to the FISD website for more details.

FSHISD will return to normal hours of operation Jan. 17 and classes will resume as normal. If there are any changes, announcements will be made at www.fshisd.net.

GWISD will start school at 10 a.m. on Wednesday and will end at 3:30 p.m. Buses will run on a two-hour delay.

Goliad ISD

As a precautionary measure due to weather conditions, Goliad ISD will have a late start Wednesday, January 17. Classes will begin at 10:00 am.

Buses will depart 2 hours later than normal for their morning routes.

Gonzales ISD

GISD will be CLOSED on Wednesday. For more information, click here.

Harlandale ISD

HISD will be open Wednesday and classes will resume at normal time.

Harmony Public Schools and offices will open at normal time on Wednesday, Jan. 17.

Hondo ISD will resume classes on Wednesday, but will be delayed by two hours. Buses will also run on a two-hour delay.

Jourdanton ISD

JISD will start school at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17. Buses will also run with a two-hour delay.

Jubilee Academies Charter District

JACD will resume classes Wednesday at 10 a.m.

Judson ISD schools and offices will be open on Wednesday, Jan. 17 and will follow regular schedule.

Karnes City I.S.D. has cancelled school and all activities for all staff and students on Tuesday, January 16th due to predicted weather conditions.

Classes have been cancelled for students also on Wednesday, January 17th. Staff will report on Wednesday from 8:30 am.

KIPP San Antonio Public Schools will be open Wednesday. For more info, head to its website or Facebook page. 

La Vernia ISD

LVISD offices and schools will be open at normal start time on Wednesday, Jan. 17. Buses will run as normal as well.

Leakey ISD

School will start at 10 a.m. and buses will run two hours later than normal on Wednesday.

Luling ISD will be open but on a two-hour delay on Wednesday. Buses will also run two hours later than normal.

Marion ISD

Classes and buses will run on a two-hour delayed schedule.

Medina ISD

MISD classes will start later than normal on Wednesday, Jan. 17. Classes will begin at 10 a.m. and buses will run 2 hours and 20 minutes later than normal.

Medina Valley ISD

MVISD classes and buses will have a two-hour delay Wednesday.

Montessori School International

MSI will open at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 17.

Navarro ISD

Navarro ISD classes, buses offices will have a two-hour delay on Wednesday.

New Braunfels ISD

NBISD will return to normal operations on Wednesday. Athletic acitivities that have not already been canceled will be held.

Nixon-Smiley CISD

NSCISD will NOT have school on Wednesday, Jan. 17 due to the weather. This includes the DAEP campus. However, all staff will need to report to their campuses at noon. All athletic games will continue as normal.

Northeast ISD

NEISD will hold classes at NORMAL time Wednesday, Jan. 17.

Northside ISD

NISD will return to normal class time tomorrow. Any changes will be announced via its website and social media pages.

Our Lady of the Lake University

The OLLU San Antonio campus will open at noon on Wednesday, Jan. 17. Morning classes are cancelled. Offices will open at noon and afternoon classes will run on a regular schedule. 

 

PISD will delay school 2 hours on Wednesday. All bus routes will also run two hours later than normal. Click here for more info.

Poth ISD

PISD will have a two-hour delay on Wednesday. There will be no breakfast served, but lunch will be served at the normal time. Staff will need to report to their campuses at 9:30 a.m.

Pre-K 4 SA

All Pre-K 4 SA locations will be open at regular hours Wednesday.

Providence Catholic School

PCS classes will still be on for Wednesday, Jan. 17 but will be delayed until 10 a.m.

Rocksprings ISD

RISD will be on a two-hour delay tomorrow. For more info, click here for the district website.

Sabinal ISD will resume classes Wednesday, Jan. 17, but will be on a 2-hour delay with classes starting at 9:45 a.m.

San Antonio ISD

SAISD will return to normal class time tomorrow. If anything changes, announcements will be made before 6 a.m.

San Felipe Del Rio CISD

Schools and administrative offices will be closed Tuesday, Jan. 16. The plan is to resume regularly scheduled classes on Wednesday, Jan. 17.

San Marcos Academy

SMA will be open two hours later than normal on Wednesday.

Saint Mary's Hall will hold classes starting at noon on Wednesday. Head to their website for more info.

Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City ISD

SCUCISD will return to normal school plans tomorrow, Jan. 17. Staff will be out at 4:30 a.m. to inspect the roads and if anything changes, an announcement will be made by 5 a.m. and posted to the district's website and social media pages.

Seguin ISD offices and schools will be CLOSED on Wednesday, Jan. 17. Students will not need to make up the day.

Shiner ISD

Classes will start at 10 a.m. on Wednesday. Buses will run two hours later than normal and staff will need to report to campuses at 9:30 a.m.

Somerset ISD will resume classes at normal time Wednesday.

Southside ISD

SISD will be open Wednesday and classes will resume at normal times on Wednesday.

Southwest ISD

Southwest ISD will return to normal class time Wednesday.

Southwest Prep

Southwest Prep in San Antonio will be open at normal time on Wednesday, however, SWPS in Seguin will be closed due to the weather.

South San ISD

SSISD schools and offices will be open Wednesday with normal start times.

Stockdale ISD

Stockdale ISD will have a two hours delay Wednesday, Jan. 17 due to the inclement weather. Follow the district's website for more info.

St. Mary's University

StMU Weather Alert: Campus will open for normal operations at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 17, because of the possibility of icy roads in the morning. Classes will resume at 11:20 a.m. 

Texas A&M University

All classes will return to normal operations Wednesday morning.

 

Trinity University: will delay the start of classes and opening of offices on Wednesday. The campus will open at 11 a.m. Mabee Hall and Coates University Center will open and resume normal food service from 8 a.m. to 8

 

UIW: Weather Alert: Icy conditions continue in our area. Temperatures are expected to remain below freezing into the morning. All SA UIW locations & clinics will delay the start of the day on Weds. Jan 17 for all students & employees until noon. 

UT Austin: The university expects to proceed with normal operations tomorrow, but the Campus Safety and Security Office asks that you carefully assess your route and road conditions before coming to campus. 

 

UTSA: All UTSA campuses will delay opening until noon on Wednesday, Jan. 17. Classes resume at that time. Use caution when determining whether to drive since road conditions may vary across the region. Safety first. 

 

 

Eyelashes freeze, thermometer breaks as -62°C temperatures hit world's coldest village

As Americans continue to brave the winter weather, photos from a remote village in Russia might make them count their blessings that it’s not worse.

>> Here are 16 tips for keeping you, your pets and home safe in the cold

According to the experts, Oymyakon in Siberia is the world’s coldest permanently inhabited area. Recent temperatures came in at a bone-chilling -62°C, or -79.6°F.

>> Tips, warning signs for frostbite, hypothermia

In fact, it was so cold that the town’s thermometer broke.

A few pictures have indicated that bundling up is no match for the weather.

Despite this, the weather certainly hasn’t deterred the adventurous.

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It would seem that besides the thermometer, schools are the only other thing truly feeling the effects of the cold temperatures.

(H/T Twitter)

How – and when – to protect your pipes from freezing

When temperatures fall below freezing, water pipes are at risk of freezing and bursting. They can release several hundred gallons of water per hour, resulting in a big – potentially costly – mess in your home.

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What causes pipes to burst?

Pipes burst because of the pressure that's exerted when water freezes. It can exceed 2,000 pounds per square inch, so it's no match for metal or plastic pipes, which will burst under this extreme pressure.

>> Related: 5 things you won’t want to leave in a freezing car

Ice particles can also cause problems in your pipes by blocking valves or other areas.

What should you do to protect your pipes?

When temperatures are expected to drop to about 20 degrees, you should take the following steps to keep your pipes from bursting:

  • Leave water dripping or trickling slowly from your faucets. This helps reduce the buildup of pressure inside your pipes. If the water stops dripping, it could mean that ice has formed and is blocking the pipe, providing a good indication that the situation needs close monitoring.
  • Closely monitor all pipes. This is especially important for those located in attics, crawl spaces and outside walls and near electrical outlets, because these have the most exposure to cold temperatures.
  • Learn where your water shutoff valve is located. That way, you'll be able to shut it off in case your pipes burst. If your home is built on a slab, your shutoff valve is probably near your hot water tank. If you have a basement, you'll probably find your shutoff valve there. And if your home is built on a crawl space, the valve will probably be located there, under the front wall of your house. If all else fails, you can also shut the water off at the city water line's covered box near the front of your home.
  • Open cabinets beneath sinks. This is especially helpful if the sink is on an outside wall, because this helps keep the pipes underneath it warmer.
  • Use an insulating dome or similar covering. This can cover and protect outdoor spigots.
  • Check the areas around pipes and hoses that come into your home. Look for signs of daylight or outside air that's getting into your home. Block the holes with insulating foam or caulk.
  • Wrap your pipes. Look for thick foam or fiberglass insulating sleeves, UL-listed heat tape or other insulating products at a home improvement store. Wrap your pipes tightly and secure with acrylic or duct tape, cable ties, or aluminum foil tape or wire every foot or so to make sure it stays secure. Wrapping your pipes isn't expensive, and it can save a great deal of money and aggravation.

TxDOT Announces Road Closures Due to Ice

The Texas Department of Transportation has received reports of ice on the following roadways:

  • Interstate 37 at Interstate 10 near downtown. All northbound lanes of I-37 closed.
  • Interstate 10 and Loop 410. All connector ramps closed until they're thawed.
  • Loop 1604 at Interstate 35. Live Oak police have shut down all ramps at the interchange.
  • Loop 1604 and Interstate 10 interchange on the Northwest Side
  • Westbound Loop 410 ramp to southbound U.S. 281
  • Interstate 10 at Dietz-Elkhorn Road on the far Northwest Side
  • Westbound Loop 410 at West Avenue. Castle Hills police has closed the exit ramp.
  • U.S. 87 North of Comfort in Kendall County
  • Interstate 35 at Weidner Road
  • Frontage roads of Interstate 10 through Leon Springs area
  • All ramps at Wurzbach Parkway at Wetmore Road
  • Buena Vista Street from Frio to Richter
  • W. Commerce Street from Frio to Richter
  • Guadalupe Street from Frio to Richter
  • Kirk Place from Neiymer to SW 21st
  • Thousand Oaks from Schertz Road to Wurzbach Parkway
  • Cupples Road from Roselawn to Harmon
  • Interstate 10 from mile markers 604 to 610 near Seguin
  • Interstate 10 and Highway 46 in Guadalupe County

They are urging people to stay at home unless you absolutely must get on the roads. 

'Cold-stunned' sea turtles suffering from hypothermia amid frigid temperatures

Have you noticed it’s cold?

>> Frozen Florida iguanas cold-stunned, but probably not dead

The recent freezing weather across most of the country has wreaked havoc on wildlife, including sea turtles along Texas' Gulf Coast. According to Texas Monthly, the turtles have been suffering from hypothermia, leading them to float near the surface of the water and putting them in danger of being eaten by predators or hit by boats.

>> Nor'easter leaves cars frozen, flooded after icy waters fill high school parking lot

The good news, though, is that emergency crews are helping nurse the turtles back to healthAccording to the Corpus Christi Caller-Times, as of Tuesday afternoon, rescue crews had found 41 “cold-stunned” sea turtles in the water along the coast.

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In December, the Texas State Aquarium took in more than 100 hypothermia-stricken turtles to rehabilitate them.

Nor'easter leaves cars frozen, flooded after icy waters fill high school parking lot

Thursday's nor'easter left families in Gloucester, Massachusetts, with flooded and frozen cars.

>> Watch the news report here

>> What is a Nor’easter and how does it form?

Ahead of the storm, a parking ban was issued throughout Gloucester and residents were told they could move their cars to municipal lots, like the high school. 

>> ‘Bombogenesis': What is it and why is everyone saying it?

During the storm, high tide came in and left the high school parking lot filled with water

Plows and tow trucks spent the day in the lot as owners came to find their cars totaled. 

"We almost died when we saw it, to be honest with you. It was just like unbelievable. We were like, it was shocking," said Kathy. 

>> On Boston25News.com: Major flooding reported along Massachusetts coast

The water rose to the roof of most cars, destroying the inside with salt and water.

"I found out because my buddy actually called me up and said, 'Dude, your Subaru is under water, hate to break it to you'," said Justin. "When I came down here all I could see was the roof of my car."

Friday was all about clean-up, calling insurance companies and getting the cars towed.

"We lost two cars in our home, our neighbors lost two, our other neighbors lost three," said Kathy.

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Some of the drivers are just trying to stay positive.

"There's so much more to life than this right now, and you just got to move forward from here," said Justin.

>> On Boston25News.com: How much snow fell in your town?

WFXT reached out to the mayor to find out what they're doing about it. So far, officials say they have a high volume of requests and encourage people to just call their insurance companies if their cars were totaled in this storm. 

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