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COLD WEATHER BLOG: Warming centers, school delays and closures

Posted at 11:10 AM, Jan 19, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-21 13:17:06-05

FALFURRIAS, Texas — With a strong arctic cold front forecast to arrive Wednesday night/ early Thursday morning, the chance for a wintry mix of precipitation late Thursday and into Friday morning is pushing organizations to cancel events and school districts across the Coastal Bend to cancel or delay classes.

Warming centers

1-21 (7:45 a.m.)

  • With warming conditions expected across Corpus Christi, the city is closing its emergency operations center. And while the EOC is deactivating, city officials and public safety officers continue to monitor weather conditions. Warming centers and all senior centers will open at 10 a.m. today.

  • The city will open warming centers to help residents deal with the cold weather.
  • Broadmoor Senior Center, 1651 Tarlton St.
  • Ethel Eyerly Senior Center, 654 Graham Rd.
  • Northwest Senior Center, 9725 Up River Rd.
  • Ben F. McDonald Library, 4044 Greenwood Dr.
  • La Retama Library, 805 Comanche St.

You can learn more about times of operation and what else the city of Corpus Christi is doing by checking this story.

Brooks County and the City of Falfurrias Emergency Management Center will be opening a warming center at the Ed Rachal Memorial Library at 203 S. Calixto Mora Ave. in Falfurrias. The center is available for all Brooks County citizens.

Those needing more information may contact (361) 455-7132 or (361) 389-1851.

1-20 (12:20 p.m.)

Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority will offer free rides to and from local warming centers during available hours.

Individuals interested in traveling to and from a warming center can notify their bus operator when boarding to receive fare-free transportation.

Current B-Line customers can receive free transportation to and from warming centers by scheduling a trip at 361-289-5881 (press option "1" for English or "2" for Spanish, then press "2" for B-Line service).

And for a list of recommended routes and nearby stops for each warming center, check thislink.

Event cancellations

The City of Corpus Christi has announced that Safe Fun-Fit at the Bayfront is cancelled this weekend due to forecast extreme temperatures. Classes will resume Jan. 29 from 8 to 11 a.m.

School closures, delays

1-21 (3:50 a.m.)

  • La Gloria ISD will not have school on Friday due to inclement weather, the district announced.

1-21 (3:39 a.m.)

  • Orange Grove ISD has announced it will start classes at 10 a.m. on Friday morning because of winter weather. Teachers and staff are to report at 9 a.m.

1-21 (3:34 a.m.)

  • Jubilee Academies in Kingsville will be canceling classes on Friday due to winter weather in the area.

1-20 (11:04 p.m.)

  • Banquete ISD announced they will be canceling classes on Friday due to winter weather.

1-20 (6:16 p.m.)

  • Freer ISD announced they will be canceling classes on Friday due to inclement weather.
  • San Diego ISD announced they will cancel all classes and extra curricular activities on Friday.
  • Benavides ISD announced they will cancel classes on Friday.

1-20 (5:02 p.m.)

  • Coastal Bend College announced they will be closed on Friday due to imminent severe weather. Student related operations will be conducted by staff remotely.

1-20 (4:26 p.m.)

  • Del Mar College announced classes on Thursday taking place after 5 p.m. will continue as scheduled, however, students who are unable to safely go to campus due to weather conditions should stay home and contact their instructors directly.
    On Friday, online classes will be held as scheduled, and face-to-face classes are canceled, with the exception of some classes at the Windward Campus. Instructors will notify students who have classes at that campus. If students are unable to safely go to campus, they are urged to stay home.

1-20 (4:10 p.m.)

  • The Dr. M.L. Garza-Gonzalez Charter School will be closed on Friday due to the high probability of freezing temperatures and precipitation overnight on Thursday.

1-20 (4:00 p.m.)

  • The Riviera ISD will close school on Friday, due to inclement weather.

1-20 (3:18 p.m.)

  • Texas A&M University-Kingsville officials said on their Facebook page that due to the expected freezing temperatures and precipitation tomorrow morning, the campus will have a two-hour delayed start on Friday. The Jernigan Library and Student Recreation Center will close at 10 p.m. on Thursday due to weather conditions.

    Normal campus operations will begin at 10 a.m., and faculty will inform students in 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. Friday classes about whether those classes will be held online or in some other format.

    All students with Friday classes should monitor their email for messages from their faculty.

    University Police Department and Residence Life will remain open during the two-hour delay. Individuals who were scheduled to test for COVID-19 at the Founders Room Friday morning can test in the afternoon from 1:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. without rescheduling their appointment.

  • Texas A&M - Corpus Christi has announced that they will shift to remote work and online instruction on Friday until 1 p.m. in anticipation of inclement weather. Classes and events after 1 p.m. will continue as scheduled.

    Residence halls will remain open, and the Islander Dining Hall will operate with regular hours.

1-20 (2:57 p.m.)

  • Calallen ISD will close its schools and facilities, including Latchkey, on Friday. Officials said if additional updates are needed, information will be shared with local media, and the Calallen ISD website, social media, e-mail, and through text.
  • Refugio ISD will delay the start of school on Friday to 10:45 a.m. The district buses will run at 10 a.m. and staff will report to campuses at 10 a.m. The district said they will notify parents, students and staff of any changes.

1-20 (2:45 p.m.)

  • Taft ISD will be closed on Friday due to potential freezing temperatures and hazards brought on by road conditions. While all Friday morning extracurricular activities are canceled, the district said, extracurricular coaches and sponsors will communicate the status of afternoon and/or evening activities as the weather is expected to improve throughout the day. Coaches and sponsors will communicate through social media, district media and the Remind app. Classes will resume on Jan. 24.

1-20 (2:40 p.m.)

  • Ingleside ISD will be closed on Friday, due to the winter weather forecast. Officials said classes will resume on Monday, Jan 24.
  • Flour Bluff ISD will also close Friday due to severe weather conditions. Officials said in release, all extracurricular activities (including athletics) will be canceled for Friday morning, as well. Activities scheduled for the afternoon may continue "unless otherwise communicated" by coaches, teachers and/or sponsors. The district will resume class as normal on Jan. 24.

1-20 (2:30 p.m.)

  • Tuloso-Midway ISD will close all schools and facilities on Friday due to the predicted "hazardous weather conditions." Classes will resume on Monday, Jan. 24.
  • Aransas County ISD has also decided to cancel school on Friday.

1-20 (1:50 p.m.)

  • Santa Gertrudis ISD in Kingsville announced due to impending inclement weather, they have decided to cancel school on Friday. SGISD Officials said classes will resume on Jan. 24, and the status for other scheduled events for Thursday and Friday will be communicated by their sponsors through the Remind app.

1-20 (12:52 p.m.)

  • Odem-Edroy ISD has announced all schools and offices will be closed on Friday. Classes will resume on Monday.

1-20 (12:18 p.m.)

  • Superintendent of Catholic Schools has announced with the anticipation of possible freezing rain and sleet across the Coastal Bend, Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Corpus Christi will open schools with a two-hour delay on Friday.

1-20 (12:03 p.m.)

  • West Oso ISD will be closed Friday because of bad weather, as well as Sinton ISD.
  • Richard Milburn Academy will delay class start time by two hours.

1-20 (10:28 a.m.)

  • Officials from the Kingsville ISD said the district will be closed on Friday due to concerns about ice on roads from the impending weather. District Superintendent Cissy Reynolds-Perez said if students in the area need a jacket, they may reach out to a campus parent liaison/Communities in Schools' staff member to help look for warm clothes from the KISD/CIS Clothes closet.
  • Bishop CISD will also close their schools due to the expected inclement weather, and the district said classes will resume on Monday, Jan. 24.

1-20 (9:22 a.m.)

  • Driscoll ISD also will not have classes on Friday. Classes will resume as normal on Monday.

1-20 (9:02 a.m.)

  • Alice ISD has announced that its schools will be closed on Friday due to severe weather conditions of potential freezing rain and sleet. The school has announced the makeup day will be on Friday, May 27. And the district added that if conditions improve by the afternoon, they will monitor weather and road conditions for any changes in evening activities.

1-19 (8:12 p.m.)

  • Corpus Christi ISD has announced that they will operate on a two-hour weather delay for students, staff, and morning bus routes on Friday, Jan. 21 in anticipation of severe winter weather. The school district says extracurricular activities will continue as scheduled unless otherwise indicated by the sponsor/coach/athletics office.

1-19 (5:26 p.m.)

  • Gregory-Portland ISD has announced they will be closed on Friday, Jan. 21 due to the high probability of freezing temperatures and precipitation overnight on Thursday. All extracurricular activities will be canceled Friday morning. Extracurricular activities scheduled for Friday afternoon may continue at the discretion of the coach or teacher/adviser.

1-19 (3:40 p.m.)

  • Agua Dulce ISD announced on their Facebook page they will be closing schools from Thursday until Jan. 24 due to inclement weather and "several families that are experiencing a variety of illness in their home." All extracurricular activities are also canceled within that time frame.

1-19 (2:28 p.m.)

  • Premont ISD announced they will cancel classes on Friday due to the forecast of icy weather. All extracurricular events will also be postponed on Friday.

1-19 (12:10 p.m.)

  • Brooks County ISD announced it is canceling classes for all students on Friday.

Business closures, delays

1-20 (2:50 p.m.)

  • Due to hazardous weather conditions, the Corpus Christi VA Outpatient and Specialty Clinic, will delay opening until noon on Friday.

1-20 (12:45 p.m.)

  • The Texas State Aquarium has announced it will close early at 3 p.m. Thursday. The aquarium also plans to reopen at noon Friday, weather and road conditions permitting.

1-20 (12:41 p.m.)

  • The U.S.S. Lexington Museum will open at 11 a.m. Friday due to winter weather.

KRIS 6 News meteorologist Juan Acuna said the area has a chance for sleet and freezing rain in the early morning, precipitating the call.

A strong cold front will push through the Coastal Bend on Thursday, bringing rain with it.


AEP Texas announced on its social media pages that the momentary power outage planned throughout much of the Flour Bluff area is still scheduled to occur on Thursday as previously announced.

"The outage is scheduled for around 5 p.m. and will result in either a “blink” or a one-to-five minute outage," the post said. "The approximately 2,400 Flour Bluff area residents who will be affected by the outage should have been notified by phone on Wednesday."

The post said outage will allow crews to safely switch one circuit from one area substation to another, and added that sensitive electronic equipment should be connected to surge protection devices as a standard day-to-day practice.

The City of Kingsville and Kleberg County will be delay opening offices until 10 a.m. in anticipation of the winter storm. Kleberg County Judge Rudy Madrid placed the Human Services Building staff on alert. In the event of a widespread power outage in the area, the facility will be used as a warming center.

The Kleberg County & City of Kingsville Joint COVID-19 Testing Site will not open on Friday. Crews will be testing at the site today until 6 p.m. The site is scheduled to open Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Garbage services will be delayed as well, and may not be completed until Saturday, officials said in a release. The L.E. Ramey Golf Course will delay opening until noon.

Meals on Wheels crews are delivering two days worth of food on Thursday to limit hazardous driving for their crews.

San Patricio County will delay the opening of county facilities on Friday until 1 p.m., due to inclement weather. District Courts and the County Court-at-Law remain in session and are not subject to the county facilities delayed opening announcement.

Jurors, attorneys and parties with cases pending before one or more of these courts must contact their respective court for direction. District Courts Docket Calls will begin at 10 a.m.

This is a developing story. Check back with KRIS 6 News for updates.