Winter Weather Updates

WINTER WEATHER UPDATES

Updated: 1.19.2022  2:00 pm 

  1. National weather service

View the latest weather forecast and advisories for San Marcos from the National Weather Service.

  1. road conditions

If you do not have to go out, stay at home. If you do go out, slow down and use caution while driving. Check local and state road conditions at Drive Texas.

  1. sign up for local emergency alerts

Registering with WarnCentralTexas.org allows the City to directly contact residents by phone, text, or email during a disaster or public safety event. The City can quickly provide information that affects specific neighborhoods such as evacuation orders and directions to shelters.

  1. REPORT AN OUTAGE

Wateremail Water/Wastewater or call 512-393-8010

Electric: email Electric Utilities or call 512-393-8313

Do not call 911 unless you are requesting emergency assistance, as it is not staffed to answer general information calls during emergency events like severe weather.

  1. prep tips

Energy Conservation Tips

  • Lower your thermostat to 68 degrees
  • Turn off unnecessary lights and unplug devices not in use
  • Avoid using large appliances like dishwashers, range/ovens, washers, and dryers

Protect Your Pipes

Whether you rent or own, save yourself future hardship by taking these steps to protect your home especially once outside temperatures drop below 20 degrees.

  • ๐Ÿ’ง๐—ข๐˜‚๐˜๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ ๐—ช๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—™๐—ฎ๐˜‚๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐˜๐˜€: Disconnect water hose. If you don't have a purchased water spigot insulator, wrap the water bib with a t-shirt or towel secured by duct tape.
  • ๐Ÿ’ง๐—œ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—™๐—ฎ๐˜‚๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐˜๐˜€: (For Homes Not Built on Slab) Let hot & cold water run continuously in a steady stream. Open lavatory cabinet doors.
  • ๐Ÿ’ง๐—œ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—™๐—ฎ๐˜‚๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐˜๐˜€ ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—˜๐˜…๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ช๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น๐˜€: (For Slab-Built Homes) Let hot & cold water run continuously in a steady stream.  Open lavatory cabinet doors.
  • ๐Ÿ’ง๐—ช๐—ฎ๐˜€๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ/๐——๐—ฟ๐˜†๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—˜๐˜…๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ช๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—š๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ด๐—ฒ: Clamp on a heat lamp directed at the values.
  • ๐Ÿ’ง๐—ง๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ธ๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€ ๐—ช๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—›๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ: Stream water continuously.
  • ๐Ÿ’ง๐—ข๐˜‚๐˜๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ ๐—œ๐—ฟ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป: Wrap sprinkler system's main shut-off valve with insulation. Shut off the water supply to the system. Wrap above-ground pipes with insulating tape. Turn off programmable timers. 
  • ๐Ÿ’ง๐—ช๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ฆ๐—ต๐˜‚๐˜ ๐—ข๐—ณ๐—ณ ๐—ฉ๐—ฎ๐—น๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ: Locate water shut off valve and have a wrench handy if needed for cut off.

Pets

Bring your pets inside! Outdoor pets can be safely tucked into a laundry room or bathroom. Have a community cat that can't come inside? Line a box or crate with straw. Be sure to bang on the hood of your car before starting it, many critters will crawl into the car's undercarriage for shelter and warmth.

Those wanting to report weather-related animal concerns should continue to call the SMPD non-emergency line at 512-753-2108 and Animal Protection Officers will be dispatched as needed.