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Weather packs a punch of icy cold across Kerr County

Kerr County Sheriff Larry Leitha said his office has handled the calls without any problems, but urged people to stay home.

Thursday’s powerful winter storm walloped Kerr County with freezing rain, sleet and bitter cold — exactly as promised.

The icy road made driving hazardous, shutting down most of Kerr County.

With a daytime high of 26 degrees, the weather proved treacherous but manageable for emergency workers, street crews and Kerrville Public Utility Workers.

“We’re off to a good start,” Kerr County Sheriff Larry Leitha said when it came to handling calls for service. “Be patient we’re going to offer every call that comes into here.”

Kerr County Sheriff Larry Leitha was our guest on The Lead Live to discuss the weather.

As of 9:30 a.m., Leitha said the Sheriff’s Office had dealt with just one weather-related traffic accident. The Kerrville Police Department and Sheriff’s Office were crossposting information on their respective social media accounts.

Leitha stressed the best thing for residents to help public safety workers is to stay home for the day.

The National Weather Service forecast is for the storm to move out of the area late Thursday night, but the low will reach the teens tonight and Friday morning. The high Thursday will be 31, with some gusty winds. However, according to the weather service, there’s no precipitation in the forecast for the foreseeable future.

At 8:15 a.m., Sidney Baker Street South, normally bustling, was quiet due to icy road conditions.

The city of Kerrville said the police department had identified the following roadways as icy and dangerous:

  • All of Loop 534
  • All of Holdsworth Drive
  • Texas 16 north of Interstate 10
  • All of Texas 27 through town (Main Street and Junction Hwy)
  • Sidney Baker bridge

While most Kerrville businesses and services are closed today, including Kerr County, City Hall should open this afternoon, the city said.


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