For the first time in this cold winter, the people who run the state's electric power grid are urging conservation and warning of the possibility that there may be rolling blackouts due to strains on the available electric power, 1200 WOAI news reports.
"ERCOT is asking electric consumers from throughout the state to limit their electric use where they can," said Robbie Searcey, spokeswoman for the Electric Reliability Council of Texas.
The snow, sleet, and freezing rain, along with cold temperatures, which have hit the San Antonio area are magnified in North Texas and the Panhandle.
Searcey says unless Texans conserve power now, the grid may have to do it for them.
"We are expecting very high electric demands, and have some limitations on generating capacity," she said.
So far, Texas has not experienced the problems that we faced during the Ground Hog Day storm of 2011, when most people had their power cut off for about 45 minutes at a stretch in what were called 'rolling brownouts' designed to take the pressure off the electric grid.
Searcey says customers should especially refrain from using ovens, dryers, and other high load items, at least until noon today.
She says the Rio Grande Valley is the most liable to experience rolling blackouts due to the power grid being stretched thin by a solid week of cold, sleety weather.
HERE ARE THE CLOSINGS AND DELAYS IN OUR AREA TODAY:
Blanco ISD CLOSED
Trinity University - 10:30 start. 8:30 and 9:30 classes are cancelled.
Bandera ISD CLOSED
Boerne ISD CLOSED
Johnson City ISD CLOSED
Kerrville ISD - CLOSED