During the afternoon on January 23rd, 2014, a strong Arctic cold front moved through South Texas. Temperatures ahead of the front were in the 60s and 70s. Temperatures dropped around 20 degrees in 3 hours and around 30 degrees in 6 hours after the front had passed. Maximum wind gusts behind the front across most of South Texas averaged between 35 and 40 mph. Bob Hall Pier recorded a peak wind gust of 49 mph, the Naval Air Station in Corpus Christi recorded a peak wind gust of 48 mph, and the Corpus Christi International Airport recorded a peak wind gust of 46 mph during the evening of the 23rd.
Overrunning moisture along with an upper level disturbance aided in the development of precipitation behind the cold front. As temperatures plummeted into the 30s, a wintry mix of precipitation began to develop as early as 800 PM CST on the 23rd across the northern Brush Country. As the Arctic air mass became more entrenched across South Texas during the late evening and overnight hours, freezing rain and freezing drizzle sometimes mixed with sleet became the more dominant precipitation type across much of South Texas. The wintry precipitation ended around 900 AM CST on the 24th along the coast. Ice accumulations averaged from less than 1⁄10″ to ∼ 1⁄8″ for most of South Texas except for portions along the Middle Texas Coast where no ice accumulation occurred since the temperatures within this area remained just above freezing. Ice accumulations closer to 1⁄8″ occurred across portions of Jim Wells, Live Oak, Bee, Goliad, and Victoria counties.
Multiple vehicle accidents occurred across South Texas due to the icy roads and bridges. Even portions of Interstate 35, Interstate 37, and US Highway 181 along with the Harbor Bridge were closed briefly during the morning of the 24th. Most roads were re-opened by 1000 AM CST on the 24th as the temperatures slowly rose above freezing. Many schools either delayed or canceled classes. Flights were delayed for several hours at the Victoria Regional Airport. Power outages were also reported.
Reflectivity Loop from 1007 PM CST January 23, 2014 to 911 AM CST January 24, 2014.
PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT...CORRECTED NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CORPUS CHRISTI TX 1237 PM CST FRI JAN 24 2014 ..TIME... ...EVENT... ...CITY LOCATION... ...LAT.LON... ..DATE... ....MAG.... ..COUNTY LOCATION..ST.. ...SOURCE.... ..REMARKS.. 1233 AM FREEZING RAIN 7 E THREE RIVERS 28.47N 98.06W 01/24/2014 U0.00 INCH LIVE OAK TX BROADCAST MEDIA FREEZING RAIN REPORTED. TXDOT ALSO INDICATES ROADWAYS ARE BEGINNING TO BECOME SLICK ACROSS LIVE OAK COUNTY. 0131 AM FREEZING RAIN SANDIA 28.01N 97.88W 01/24/2014 U0.00 INCH JIM WELLS TX LAW ENFORCEMENT INCREASING NUMBER OF ACCIDENTS ACROSS JIM WELLS COUNTY OF CARS SLIDING OFF ROADWAYS...INCLUDING NEAR SANDIA AREA. 0305 AM FREEZING RAIN VICTORIA 28.82N 96.98W 01/24/2014 E0.00 INCH VICTORIA TX LAW ENFORCEMENT ICING ON BRIDGES AND OVERPASSES ALONG HWY 87N AROUND AND NORTHWEST OF VICTORIA. 0447 AM FREEZING RAIN CORPUS CHRISTI 27.71N 97.29W 01/24/2014 E0.00 INCH NUECES TX NWS EMPLOYEE LIGHT RAIN FREEZING ON VEHICLES AROUND INTL AIRPORT 0530 AM FREEZING RAIN 15 N ALICE 27.97N 98.07W 01/24/2014 E0.00 INCH JIM WELLS TX LAW ENFORCEMENT ICING REPORTED ON U.S. 624 AND 181. NO CLOSED ROADS REPORTED...BUT TROOPERS STANDING BY AS A MINOR ACCIDENT OCCURED AT THIS LOCATION. 0606 AM FREEZING RAIN BEEVILLE 28.41N 97.75W 01/24/2014 E0.00 INCH BEE TX LAW ENFORCEMENT NORTH AND SOUTH 181 BYPASS CLOSED DUE TO ICING AROUND BEEVILLE. 0606 AM FREEZING RAIN GEORGE WEST 28.33N 98.12W 01/24/2014 E0.00 INCH LIVE OAK TX LAW ENFORCEMENT I-37 CLOSED IN LIVE OAK COUNTY...BOTH NORTH AND SOUTH BOUND DUE TO ICING. AN ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED AT I-37 AND U.S. 59 EAST OF GEORGE WEST. 0700 AM FREEZING RAIN PORTLAND 27.88N 97.33W 01/24/2014 E0.00 INCH SAN PATRICIO TX NWS EMPLOYEE GLAZING OF ICE COATING CARS AND PAVEMENT IN PLACES. SPOTTY SLICK SPOTS ON ROADS. 0715 AM FREEZING RAIN ARTESIA WELLS 28.28N 99.28W 01/24/2014 U0.00 INCH LA SALLE TX LAW ENFORCEMENT IH-35 FROM MILE MARKER 56 TO MILE MARKER 60 IS BEING SHUTDOWN DUE TO ICING. 0715 AM FREEZING RAIN CORPUS CHRISTI 27.75N 97.42W 01/24/2014 U0.00 INCH NUECES TX LAW ENFORCEMENT CORPUS CHRISTI POLICE REPORT U.S. 77 FLYOVER AT IH-37 IS ICING OVER. TRAFFIC OFFICERS ARE SHUTTING DOWN THE HIGHWAY. 0750 AM FREEZING RAIN CORPUS CHRISTI 27.75N 97.42W 01/24/2014 U0.00 INCH NUECES TX LAW ENFORCEMENT CORPUS CHRISTI POLICE DEPARTMENT HAS CLOSED THE HARBOR BRIDGE DUE TO ICING. THE JOE FULTON CORRIOR IS ALSO CLOSED IN BOTH DIRECTIONS. 0755 AM FREEZING RAIN LAREDO 27.53N 99.49W 01/24/2014 E0.00 INCH WEBB TX DEPT OF HIGHWAYS TXDOT LAREDO DISTRICT IS REPORTING I-35 MILO INTERCHANGE DIRECT CONNECTOR BRIDGES 1, 2, AND 7 AT MILE MARKER 8 ARE CLOSED DO TO ICE ON BRIDGES. ALSO CLOSED IS THE I-35 SOUTHBOUND APPROACHES TO MILO INTERCHANGE. 0824 AM FREEZING RAIN VICTORIA 28.82N 96.98W 01/24/2014 E0.00 INCH VICTORIA TX 911 CALL CENTER LAW ENFORCEMENT REPORTED ICE ON OVERPASSES ON LOOP 463 IN VICTORIA AND WERE WORKING SEVERAL MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENTS IN THESE AREAS. 0830 AM FREEZING RAIN ALICE 27.76N 98.07W 01/24/2014 E0.00 INCH JIM WELLS TX LAW ENFORCEMENT LAW ENFORCEMENT STILL REPORTING OVERPASSES NORTH AND SOUTH OF ALICE ICE COVERED AND SLICK. 0836 AM FREEZING RAIN GOLIAD 28.67N 97.39W 01/24/2014 U0.00 INCH GOLIAD TX LAW ENFORCEMENT POWER OUTAGE IN GOLIAD FROM ICING. HALF THE TOWN WITHOUT POWER. 0843 AM FREEZING RAIN BEEVILLE 28.41N 97.75W 01/24/2014 E0.00 INCH BEE TX LAW ENFORCEMENT LAW ENFORCEMENT IS REPORTING THE 181 BYPASS AROUND THE CITY OF BEEVILLE IS STILL CLOSED DUE TO ICING.