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Updates | Killeen issues boil water notice

With cold temperatures in the area already, tens of thousands of Central Texans start Wednesday without power.

TEXAS, USA — **UPDATE: 6 News started a new live updates blog, which can be found in the link below.

RELATED: New live blog starting Thursday, Feb. 18**

ORIGINAL STORY:

Central Texas is waking up Wednesday morning with icy precipitation falling on top of leftover snow and parts still under a Winter Weather Warning. Cold weather conditions are expected to continue throughout the day.

The 6 News Weather Team is tracking the historic Central Texas weather at all hours. Take a look at the forecast for the latest storm developments.

School Plans

Numerous Central Texas school districts are still adjusting to the ongoing severe winter weather by extending cancelations or moving classes fully online for a day or more.

Check our school closings and delays page for an updated list.

LIVE RADAR: Track the winter storm as it moves into Central Texas

LIVE TRAFFIC: Check traffic conditions in the area before you leave the house.

Power Outages

Bell and McLennan Counties continue to have tens of thousands of homes without power heading into Wednesday as regional energy providers continue outages due to an extreme demand placed on the state's energy grid. Electricity providers haven't provided clear times as to when power might be restored. 

Take a look at our live power outages map for locations on the outages:

RELATED: LIVE OUTAGE MAP: Tens of thousands without power in Bell County, McLennan County

If you have a water leak and need to turn off your main water valve, but don't know how, watch this short "How To" video for instructions.

Thursday, Feb. 18 Updates

8 a.m.

Solid Waste crews with the City of Temple Solid Waste will resume garbage collections starting this morning. As a reminder, Recycling will not be collected this week. Here's a look at the changes:

Credit: City of Temple

Wednesday, Feb. 17 Updates

6 p.m.

Because of weather conditions and delays in COVID-19 vaccine allocation from the state, Ascension Providence said it will postpone all vaccine clinics until further notice. The COVID-19 vaccination clinics will be rescheduled, pending the arrival of the vaccine from the state, a release from the hospital said. 

"Our highest priority is the safety and wellbeing of the patients and communities we are privileged to serve," the release said. 

5 p.m.

A boil water notice was issued Wednesday at 5 p.m. for all properties located in Killeen. A water shortage caused by extreme winter weather has reduced water pressure and services. As a precaution, customers who have experienced low water pressure and/or no water service should boil all water prior to consumption.

1:50 p.m.

At a press conference to provide an update on the effort to restore power to millions of Texans, ERCOT said that the best cast scenario for power returning is to have rolling blackouts return tomorrow, instead of constant blackouts. 

Officials said 185 out of the available 680 power generators have gone offline. Yesterday that number was 85 but some have gone off multiple times this week. 

ERCOT also said it does not do full inspections of power plants, they do "spot checks." However, the check last year were done "virtually" due to the pandemic. They did not elaborate how that worked out. 

Officials also addressed power plant weatherization practices, saying they are not mandatory and that Texas plants are built for hot climates -- not cold ones. This means much of their infrastructure is outside and not covered, and they have less protection from snow and ice. At this time, the freezing weather continues to be a problem for natural gas plants. 

1:30 p.m.

  • Due to the inclement weather and dangerous driving conditions, all McLennan County departments and offices will be closed on Feb. 18 at 10 a.m. Feb. 19. The Feb. 18 session of the Grand Jury is canceled. The next session will be on March 4, as scheduled. The McLennan County Sheriff's Department, Road and Bridge Departments and Maintenance of Buildings Department should contact your elected official or department head.
  • To the Tri-County S.U.D. water customers in Falls, Robertson, Limestone, and McLennan counties due to power outages beyond their control occurring within the water system and causing low-pressure issues. All customers are asked to boil their water prior to consumption.

12:20 p.m.

Fort Hood said it is experiencing "major stress" on its water supply as a result of water line breaks caused by winter weather. The military post said the breaks have greatly increased water output, from 1-2 million gallons per day to more than 8 million gallons just yesterday. 

"While we have plenty of water in Belton Lake, the water district can only treat and distribute it so quickly," the post said in a release. "Power issues and equipment failures have also impacted the district’s ability to produce drinking water."

Fort Hood officials ask that everyone help to conserve water. Their goal is to reduce water use by 40%.

Tips for water conservation include:

  • Report leaking or broken pipes to the Directorate of Public Works at 254-287-2113.
  • Turn off dripping faucets when the temperature reaches 30 degrees. Only resume dripping when the temperature drops below 30 degrees.
  • Drip faucets into containers, especially pots, in case boil water notices are needed.
  • Avoid using washing machines and dishwashers, as these appliances use a significant amount of water.
  • Store at least 1-gallon of water per person per day for hygiene purposes.

11:10 a.m.

The City of Harker Heights asks that residents reduce water use in order to preserve water service. The city said it has a limited water supply right now, due to weather-related power outages. As a result, it is implementing stage 4 water restrictions that call for reducing demand by 20% due to major water line breaks or pump system failures. 

Over the next 24-48 hours, the city is asking the public to conserve water in the following ways:

  • Do not store large amounts of water by filling bathtubs or other containers.
    If your water lines in your home are frozen call 254-681-6779. The city will send a crew to shut off the water at the meter. It is important to do this before lines start to thaw to minimize water damage to your home and prevent the unnecessary loss of water.
  • Once temperatures reach 30 degrees Fahrenheit, turn off any dripping faucets. You can resume dripping when temperatures drop below 30 degrees. You do not need to drip all faucets in your home. Drip faucets located along exterior walls only when the temperature necessitates.
  • Do not use washing machines or dishwashers. These appliances use a significant amount of water and electricity. Wash dishes by hand.
  • Store one gallon of water per person for the next 24 hours. If you are dripping your faucets, drip into containers to prevent any waste

10:55 a.m.

A boil water notice has been issued for Levi Water, which serves customers in rural McLennan County, east of Lorena and parts of Falls County. The TCEQ requires that all Levi Water customers boil their water prior to consumption (cooking, drinking or the making of ice). The water should be brought to a vigorous rolling boil and then boiled for two minutes. In lieu of boiling water, area residents may purchase bottled water or obtain water from some other reliable source.

RELATED: Boil water notices issued for several areas in Central Texas

7:30 a.m.

H-E-B issued new operation hours for Wednesday as the grocery chain keeps adjusting to winter weather on a daily basis. Here are Wednesday's hours:

Waco/Gatesville/Mexia/Marlin

Wednesday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Killeen/Harker Heights/Copperas Cove/Temple/Belton

Wednesday: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Bryan-College Station

Wednesday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

RELATED: H-E-B adjusts store hours due to severe winter weather

7 a.m.

The Belton Police Department is warning area residents about slick road conditions following last night's icy precipitation mix moving through the area. They are advising that people stay off the roads if they don't have to go anywhere.

6:25 a.m.

TxDOT is reporting multiple lanes of southbound I-35 are closed Wednesday morning near Hewitt. A slowdown is evident along the entire interstate this morning.

6:25 a.m.

A boil water notice was issued for Cego-Durango WSC in Chilton, Falls County, effective Feb. 17 until further notice.

To see if your neighborhood is under a boil water notice, check our full list:

RELATED: Boil water notices issued for several areas in Central Texas

5:45 a.m.

The City of Killeen said municipal offices will remain closed today due to the ongoing inclement weather. Emergency services will continue operating as usual. 

The city said all trash collections have been canceled for the rest of the week and will resume normally on Monday, Feb. 22. 

3:30 a.m.

The City of Copperas Cove said all city facilities will remain closed Wednesday, with the exception of emergency services. The city added that essential personnel will also continue to work as they are able to monitor and work to ensure essential services are provided as best possible.

The city said solid waste collections have been halted since late last week and that its contracted landfill is currently "non-operational." With that, the city asks that residents move their receptacles from the curb for driver safety. A new, altered schedule will go into effect when conditions allow and residents will be posted, the city said. 

Solid Waste transported a roll off dumpster to the Town Square parking lot and set up a temporary collection site; it is anticipated they will return again Wednesday for a similar operation to assist residents in disposal of bagged trash. The city said it will share this information on our social media pages once times are established, weather permitting.

Cove officials said water distribution is still mostly functional, but conservation is encouraged. They said the city experienced pressure loss on the Mountain Top Pressure Plain, which services residents in the Veterans, Skyline and Freedom areas.

The municipal court will be closed. All scheduled hearings and appearances have been postponed. Anyone having a summons to report should disregard and await further notice, the city said. 

Utility administration will be closed as well. Online and pay by phone options may still be available, as internet and phone lines remain active. There will be no late fees assessed and/or disconnections as a result of late payments, the city said.

2:30 a.m.

The City of Belton said residents in the area of 6th Avenue, from Birdwell to I-35 and to Palmetto on the north, may experience a temporary disruption in water service overnight and into Wednesday due to the pending repair of a water main.

Affected residents are urged to boil water once service is restored.

Tuesday, Feb. 16 Updates

7:45 p.m.

Baylor Scott & White - Hillcrest is housing not only patients but also staff who are staying on-site to continue to provide patient care. Due to the added staff on-site, the hospital anticipates an excess of 250 additional meals needed per day. Due to the delay of delivery trucks, the hospital asked for the community's help in feeding hospital staff.

If any of our local restaurants or community partners have an overage of food they cannot sell in time or that would otherwise soon go to waste due to power outages and would be willing to help, you can bring donations to the hospital.

Hospital needs:

  • Pre-packed or prepared meals that staff can easily take back to their units
  • Bottled water or other bottled drinks (juices, etc.)
  • Grab and go snacks – granola bars, peanut butter crackers, etc.

 If donations can safely be brought to the main hospital, the back Emergency Department entrance is the most easily accessible place. If not, the hospital has some community volunteers who can come to you. The best point of contact to coordinate with is the House Supervisor who is on-site 24/7. They can be reached at 254-202-1170.

7:30 p.m.

Fort Hood officials have determined that only mission-essential personnel will report to work on Fort Hood on Feb. 17. Contracted personnel should coordinate with their supervisors for guidance, Fort Hood said.

All primary access gates will be open. However, the following limited access gates will stay closed:

  • Sante Fe Gate (currently closed due to construction)
  • Tank Destroyer and New Railhead Gate
  • 79th Street Gate
  • Mohawk Gate
  • SH Hwy 195 Gate
  • Warrior Way Gate

Meadows Child Development Center, not Fort Hood CDC due to water flooding issues, will be available for use only by mission essential personnel.

The Clear Creek commissary will be open with limited supplies while the Warrior Way commissary will continue to be closed due to water flooding issues.

The Main Post Exchange will be closed. Several Express stores across post will be open, Fort Hood said. 

All Ash Wednesday services scheduled for Feb. 17 on Fort Hood are canceled.

4:15 p.m.

The City of Temple's non-essential facilities and services will stay closed through Friday. Solid waste routes will not operate at least until Thursday. Visit templetx.gov/solidwaste for updates on solid waste collection dates, according to the city.

Residents are strongly encouraged to contact neighbors, the elderly and those with medical needs to ensure they are safe and have received these messages. If you can safely provide assistance for your neighbors, please do so, the city said.

4 p.m.

Boil water notice issued for Bell, Milam, and Falls counties and Little Elm Valley WSC, Marlow WSC and Gatesville.

Areas included:

  • Bell County WCID #5, PWS ID 0140024
  • Bell-Milam-Falls WSC, PWS ID 0140007
  • Bell County WCID #5, PWS ID 0140024
  • Gatesville Regional Water System PWS ID 0500002. This notice includes the customers that receive water from Gatesville, Mountain Water Supply, Fort Gates Water Supply, Flat Water Supply, and Coryell City Water Supply. 

3:50 p.m.

Bell County Judge David Blackburn announced that all non-essential county offices would remain closed on Wednesday, February 17.

“Given the current condition of many area roads, the likelihood of more icy precipitation, and the challenges with electricity and internet access many of our employees are facing,” Blackburn said. “I believe it is best for everyone to stay home, keep warm, and avoid any unnecessary travel.”

Both the Sheriff's Department and Public Safety divisions will stay open.

“We have crews that are working and have been working for days to help keep our County roads clear and safe,” Blackburn said.

1 p.m.

Killeen Independent School District announced schools are remaining closed for the rest of the week.

12:45 p.m.

Baylor men's basketball reschedules its game against Iowa State to Feb. 23.

Noon:

6 News' meteorologist Jordan Darensbourg gives us a weather update from Temple, Texas.

Even though the Marlin Water Plant is up and running, some homes in the area aren't getting water due to the cold temperatures, Mayor Carolyn Lofton announced Tuesday.

RELATED: 'Not built for this': Cold temps preventing some Marlin homes from getting water

11:45 a.m.

6 News Reporter shares his coverage of Central Texans helping one another during this rare type of severe weather. Check out the clip ahead of the evening newscasts. 

11 a.m. 

The City of Killeen is reminding residents that the severe cold weather is resulting in frozen pipes in the city and throughout the are. The city reported that its water and sewer division has been receiving a high volume of calls reporting water outages. 

The city wanted to remind residents check all faucets if one isn't producing water. If any of the faucets produce water, it is likely that one or more water lines may be frozen. If none of the faucets produce water, check with neighbors. If neighbors have water, it is likely that your pipes have frozen. If neighbors do not have water, notify the city of a potential water outage by calling 254-501-6320.

The city said it is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the water infrastructure up to the customer’s water meter. The release added that the customer is responsible for the water service lines from the water meter to the faucets.

10:50 a.m.

Barrow Brewing Company, 108 Royal St. in Salado, said it is open Feb. 16 for those looking for a warm place and a place to charge devices. The brewing company said it will offer free hot chocolate and coffee, but will not serve alcohol. 

Here's a full list of warming stations in the area:

RELATED: List | Warming stations in Central Texas

9:45 a.m.

The Central Texas VA will remain closed today, 6 News has learned. Officials said all appointments set for today would be rescheduled. 

8:40 a.m.

Central Texas is expected to get another winter storm Tuesday night heading into Wednesday. Winter storm warnings are set for 6 p.m. tonight. An icy rain mix is forecast with continued cold temperatures. 

Check the full forecast here.

RELATED: More freezing rain, sleet expected Tuesday night | Central Texas Forecast

5:50 a.m.

H-E-B continues adjusting store hours on a daily basis as severe winter weather conditions continue throughout the state. 

Today's hours for Waco/Temple/Killeen stores are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., according to the grocery giant. 

RELATED: H-E-B adjusts store hours due to severe winter weather

4:30 a.m.

The City of Copperas Cove issued a disaster declaration, which implements the city's emergency management plan, the city announced via Facebook late Monday night. The declaration will be in effect for the next seven days unless extended with the consent of the city council. 

The city further said all facilities will be closed Feb. 16, with the exception of emergency services. 

3:40 a.m.

The City of Belton said its facilities will be closed Tuesday and employees will not report for work, with the exception of emergency service employees. 

Here's what the closure means for the following services:

  • Trash Collection: Waste Management will not operate on Feb. 16. An update about trash collections for the rest of the week will occur on Tuesday. 
  • Brush Collection: City brush collections are suspended until Feb. 22. 
  • Utility Billing: The Feb. 15 payment deadline is extended until 5 p.m., Friday, Feb. 19, to accommodate residents who prefer to pay bills in person or using the drop-box, according to a release.
  • Pipes: To report a water leak on a public water line call 254-933-5823.
  • Online Services: Services offered on the City of Belton website such as filing a police report or submitting a building permit are still available.     

3:30 a.m.

The Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center, primary care clinics, COVID-19 vaccine site and COVID-19 testing sites will be closed Feb. 16 due to ongoing inclement weather, Fort Hood announced in a release. 

The hospital remains open for emergency services, inpatient care, and labor and delivery services, they added. Pharmacies and laboratory services will be closed.

For more details on the closures and what that means for any previously scheduled appointments, check out the post's full release.

Monday, Feb. 15 Updates

10:35 p.m.

The City of Copperas Cove Mayor Bradi Diaz issued a Declaration of Local Disaster. The City’s Emergency Management Plan has been implemented until further notice. All Copperas Cove facilities will be closed on Tuesday, according to the city.

Emergency services will continue to operate without interruption. Essential personnel will also continue to work as they are able to monitor and attempt to ensure essential services are provided.

The City Council Workshop and Regular Meetings scheduled for Tuesday evening will continue as scheduled as a Teleconference/Zoom Meeting; there will be no in-person attendance authorized, according to the city. 

The established temporary Warming Center will remain open at the Public Library, located at 501 S. Main Street, until further notice.

10 p.m.

A boil water notice was issued Monday at 9 p.m. for properties located in southwest Killeen in the area bounded by SH 201 (Clear Creek Road) on the west and south, Stan Schlueter Loop on the north, and Bunny Trail on the east, according to a release from the city. 

A power outage at the water pump station has reduced and interrupted water service. The City is working with Oncor to restore power and service. All water used in this area must be boiled prior to consumption, the release said.

Residents at these addresses should boil all water prior to consumption until water sampling results confirm that no contamination occurred. 

8:50 p.m.

The Marlin Water Plant is now running and producing water. It is taking time because the pipes are very cold and it is a slow flow. They cannot go up on the flow which will make it a slow process but you should be getting pressure, Hon. Mayor Carolyn Lofton said.

Water is now being pumped into town. Hopefully, by morning, the water pressure should be fully restored to all citizens as the towers are filled.

Water plant operators are not able to see the tower levels due to the frozen temperatures that are affecting their visibility at the plant. It will take time for all the towers to fill, Hon. Mayor Carolyn Lofton said. 

For those who do have water, please continue to ration it as this will allow the towers to fill more quickly. 

Marlin is also under a boil water notice until lifted by TCEQ, Hon. Mayor Carolyn Lofton said. 

5:50 p.m.

Due to power outages continuing in the West area, and the dangerously cold temperatures, the City of West has coordinated with St. Mary's Catholic School to use their Gymnasium as a warming shelter, according to the City of West Police Deparatment Facebook page.

For more information on warming stations in Central Texas, click here.

5:30 p.m.

The Temple Police Dept. says its non-emergency lines are down.

RELATED: Killeen, Temple Police Dept. phone lines down; Here's the numbers to call

4:45 p.m.

Waco

  • And the City of Waco has two water main breaks. Water crews continue to respond to issues around town. The city is investigating other water breaks.
    The city will NOT turn off water for non-payment this week.
    Please protect your pipes by letting faucets drip slowly, opening your cabinet doors to let heat in, and cover/wrap your outdoor faucets.
    Know where your water main shut off valve is in case a pipe bursts and you need to turn off the water in a hurry.
    Don't forget to secure those cleaning supplies you keep in the cabinets so kids/pets won't have access to them.

Killeen

Killeen Mayor Jose Segarra has issued a local disaster declaration for a winter weather emergency following the Governor’s statewide declaration. City of Killeen municipal offices will be closed Tuesday. Emergency services will operate without interruption. Road conditions will not allow the safe collection of trash. Monday and Tuesday collections will not be made this week. Thursday and Friday collections will be on a normal schedule, weather permitting. 

Youth and adult sports are canceled until further notice. Stonetree Golf Club is closed until further notice. The City Council Workshop scheduled for Tuesday has been rescheduled to Thursday, immediately following the Special City Council Workshop at 5 p.m. The Special City Council Workshop scheduled for Wednesday has been canceled and will be rescheduled. The Youth Advisory Commission meeting scheduled for February 16 has been canceled. An emergency warming station is open at Skyline Baptist Church, 906 Trimmier Road, for those seeking temporary relief from the cold.

4:20 p.m.

The compressor has been installed at the City of Marlin water plant and is up and running. Water Plant personnel are continuing to work to get our water restored.

Crews have encountered a broken line and a broken ball valve that failed because of the extremely cold weather conditions since initially getting the plant back up, according to the city. 

They have repaired the broken line and are working on the broken ball valve. As soon as these repairs are made, barring any other obstacles, they will begin making water. 

Please know that Marlin water plant employees have been working since Sunday morning and through the night with minimal sleep and little food in order to get water restored. The issues that they are facing are the result of the weather conditions and not human error, the city said.

4:15 p.m.

  • Fort Hood officials have determined that only mission-essential personnel will report to work on Fort HoodTuesday. All primary access gates will be open. However, the following limited access gates will remain closed:
    • Santa Fe Gate (Currently CLOSED for construction)
    • Tank Destroyer and New Railhead Gate
    • 79th Street Gate
    • Mohawk Street Gate
    • SH Hwy 195 Gate
    • Warrior Way Gate
  • The Fort Hood Child Development Center will open at 5:30 a.m. Tuesday for use by mission essential personnel only. Both commissaries will open with modified hours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Main Post (Clear Creek) Exchange will be closed.
    The III Corps Express will continue to be open 24 hours. For the latest information on other AAFES facilities, visit the AAFES Facebook site. Contracted personnel should report in accordance with their program/project manager’s instructions.

3:50 p.m.

  • Bell County Judge David Blackburn declared a state of emergency in the county Monday. He announced the closure of non-essential county offices and canceled the operations of all three of the county’s COVID-19 vaccination centers through the end of the week. More details here.

3:30 p.m.

  • All McLennan County departments/offices will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday. They will re-open at 10:00 a.m. Thursday. 
    • The Commissioners Court meeting scheduled for Tuesday will still be held and will begin at 10:00 a.m. This meeting will be conducted via Zoom. 
  • The Marlin Municipal Water Plant lost full electrical power Sunday at about 6:30 a.m. The backup generator, which is tested monthly, kicked in but blew a belt around 7:30 a.m. The belt has now been replaced and the generator is operational, a press release from the City of Marlin said.
    • The compressor has arrived at the Marlin Water Plant. Crews will work diligently to get it installed and we will update all when more information is made available, the release said.

2:50 p.m.

  • The weekly COVID-19 Press Conference hosted by Waco Mayor Dillon Meek will not be held Wednesday at 1:30 p.m.as usual.

2:20 p.m.

  • The City of Woodway offices will be closed Tuesday for all non-essential employees. The Woodway Public Safety Department will still be open to handle all phone calls and emergencies.
  • All Ascension Medical Group Providence clinics are closed Monday and Tuesday. Telemedicine visits are available. Ascension Medical Group Providence vaccine clinics are also closed through Wednesday. Ascension Providence outpatient health services are closed Monday and Tuesday. Ascension Providence hospital remains open and staffed as usual.

Noon

Around noon, the Killeen Police Department announced most of its phone lines are down.

RELATED: Killeen Police Dept. phone lines down; Here's the number to call

10:30 a.m.

ERCOT said to expect rotating power outages to continue into Tuesday as power demand remains at record highs during the ongoing winter storm.

Roughly two million homes are without power.

RELATED: Power outages could continue through Tuesday due to record demands, ERCOT officials say

8:25 a.m.

H-E-B said it is reducing its hours Monday as a result of ongoing severe winter weather throughout the area. Central Texas shoppers will be able to visit the store between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. today. 

Read more about the operation hour reduction:

RELATED: H-E-B changing store hours again due to Arctic cold slamming Texas

7:25 a.m.

The Arctic cold is settling in Monday and bringing historic weather to Central Texas. Snow covers the area and highs for Monday are set to be well below freezing with wind chills in the single digits.

Check out the full forecast below:

RELATED: Forecast: Historic cold settling in as snow moves out

6:45 p.m.

Waco residents are reporting dark intersections throughout the city, per City of Waco officials. This is a result of the ongoing rotating power outages in the area. The city said it does not have enough stop signs to put out at the impacted intersections and urges drivers to treat the intersections as four-way stops. 

6:25 a.m.

Power outages continue to grow throughout the Waco-Temple-Killeen-Fort Hood area as the morning rolls around and power companies push ahead with rotating outages.

Keep track of the outages below:

RELATED: LIVE OUTAGE MAP: Thousands without power in Bell County, McLennan County

RELATED: Rotating power outages across Texas: Common questions answered

5:30 a.m.

6 News Reporter Maria Aguilera gives and update on the weather conditions in Waco, saying the temperature is in the single digits during the early morning hours.

6 News Morning Anchor Heidi Alagha shows the snow piling up outside the 6 News station.

1:20 a.m.

Temple sees nearly 3 inches of snow, hours after it recorded nearly half-an-inch.

Credit: KCEN
Nearly 3 inches of snow was recorded in Temple, Texas around 1:30 a.m. Monday.

Sunday, Feb. 14 Updates

11 p.m.

Over 10,000 customers without power in Bell County, up from over 7,000 hours ago.

RELATED: POWER OUTAGES: Thousands without power in Bell County, McLennan County

10 p.m.

Waco:

  • Public Works Streets & Traffic: Since Thursday morning at 4:30 a.m. Street crews have been busy sanding bridges and steep streets throughout the city as well as setting up signs for street closures due to hazardous conditions. Included are Lake Shore Drive from Mt. Carmel to Hilltop and New Road bridge leading into Beverly Hills as well as the 17th Street bridge over the railroad track. Eleven dedicated staff continue to work through the day and night. 
  • Police and Fire continue to respond to emergency calls for service. Calls for minor wrecks where there are no injuries can be handled by both parties exchanging insurance and driver’s license information to free the officers for emergency calls. The number of traffic accidents has been small thanks to citizens staying home and heeding the cold weather warnings and not driving or being outdoors that could result in an accident and call for service. Waco Fire reminds everyone to not bring gas grills or other flame sources into a house or garage to provide heat. Also, never use an extension cord on an electric space heater. If backup generators are used, never run a generator indoors and always place the generator far enough away from eaves and overhangs that the exhaust gases can’t make their way into buildings. Exhaust gases contain carbon monoxide which can be poisonous to humans and animals.
  • Water Utilities Services: Water main breaks often occur during low temperatures. One 16” main was repaired Saturday night and another was repaired this afternoon. The Water Office will be closed Monday and Tuesday. The Call Center will be open for customer service needs from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. 
  • Solid Waste Services have stopped collection routes until Wednesday and canceled the green cart collection for the whole week. Monday routes are scheduled for Wednesday, Tuesday routes will be picked up Saturday. Thursday and Friday routes will run normally. The Cobbs Convenience Center will be closed Monday and Tuesday. The Waco Animal Shelter staff continue to monitor the heat for the animals as well as providing blankets to help them stay warm in their kennels. 
  • Other City Facilities Closed: 
    • Municipal Court All Community Centers 
    • The Mammoth National Monument 
    • Cameron Park Zoo 
    • Cottonwood Creek Golf Course 
    • All Four Library Branches 
    • The Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum Waco 
    • Transit Services fixed routes and para-transit services are canceled for tomorrow.

Go to Waco-Texas.com and click on Winter Weather for further updates and details.

8:30 p.m.

Over 7,000 homes in Bell County and over 2,000 homes in McLennan County are without power, according to the Oncor outage map.

RELATED: Thousands without power in Bell County

6 News Reporter Andrew Moore talks about how the state is asking Texans to conserve energy over the next few days to avoid overloading the power grid.

8 p.m.

7:30 p.m.

Due to the dangerous weather conditions, and for the safety of our members and staff, both branches of the YMCA of Central Texas will be closed Monday, February 15.

7 p.m.

6 News Reporter Andrew Moore shows us snow conditions in Temple, Texas.

5:45 p.m.

Limestone County Emergency First Responders are now having trouble driving in these bad conditions and ask that all drivers stay off the roads.

"We take the protection of our citizens as our primary objective. Nothing is higher on the scale...nothing. I have always tried to be honest with you. Right now, the danger level to our first responders is rapidly expanding. It’s likely that, in the next few hours, roads may degrade to a point of being impossible to navigate for everyone..including our FR’s," a Facebook post from the Limestone County Emergency Management page said. "Some believe County Government is all-powerful with the ability to conquer any and everything. In a battle with Mother Nature, those insurmountable odds have/will crush us at every turn. Let’s pray that the extreme weather of the next three to four days won’t cost additional lives."

5:00 p.m.

6 News Meteorologist Jordan Darensbourg shares the winter forecast and what to expect overnight. 

6 News Reporter Matt Lively shares what the weather is like in Waco below.

4:35 p.m. 

The City of Killeen said its warming station has relocated to Skyline Baptist Church, 906 Trimmier Rd. Those using the center have been relocated and future persons in need should go directly to the church, according to the city. 

4:30 p.m.

Baylor Scott & White Health announced it is closing three healthcare facilities Monday, Feb 15 due to the ongoing severe winter weather. 

The Marketplace Clinic, Bellmead Clinic and McClinton Cancer Centers will all be closed for in-person services Monday. The healthcare provider said virtual and telehealth visits will remain available at the Marketplace and Bellmead clinics. 

3:40 p.m.

With temperatures remaining below freezing, various Central Texas cities are opening warming stations to help residents out as needed. 

Check out the list of warming shelters throughout the area:

RELATED: List | Warming stations in Central Texas

3:15 p.m.

6 News Reporter Andrew Moore talks about how the state is asking Texans to conserve energy over the next few days to avoid overloading the power grid.

2:40 p.m.

6 News Reporter Matt Lively shares what the weather is like in Waco below.

Meteorologist Jordan Darensbourg gives a brief afternoon look at conditions from the 6 News Station.

1:40 p.m.

Due to worsening weather and dangerous road conditions, Harker Heights City offices will remain closed until Wednesday. Police and fire emergency services will continue to operate as normal.

All meetings (boards a commissions) to include the City Council Workshop have been canceled. 

The city asked that all citizens stay home and off the roadways. All streets within the city limits are icy and remain dangerous for travel, according to the City of Harker Heights.

1:15 p.m.

Killeen ISD announced they are closing schools Monday and Tuesday due to the cold temperatures and hazardous road conditions. 

The district added that students will not be required to engage in online learning but are encouraged to log on.

Extracurricular activities and district meeting have also been canceled for the two days. The district said they are watching weather developments and will release more updates as needed. 

1 p.m.

County Judge Scott Felton issued a disaster declaration for McLennan County on Sunday in response to the ongoing winter weather conditions that are expected to worsen as the day continues. 

Read more here:

RELATED: Disaster declaration issued for McLennan County in response to winter weather

12:30 p.m.

The Killeen Police Department said city services is attempting to sand roads, but that it is a "lengthy process." The department also added that roads in the city are "icy, most are impassable" and urged residents to stay at home and off the roads.

12:20 p.m.

The City of Killeen said via Facebook that its warming station at the Killeen Community Center is now open to those seeking relief from the cold. The city added that the facility has limited capacity and asks that you call ahead to make sure there is space available or provide alternatives. You can call 254-501-8889.

11:45 a.m.

Fort Hood officials announced the closure of several facilities due to the winter weather. The Clear Creek Exchange, Clear Creek Commissary and Warrior Way Commissary will be closed. III Corps Express is the exception and will remain open, according to the Exchange's Facebook.

"Pay at the Pump" will still be available at the 37th Street Express, Warrior Way Express, and Kouma Express.

11:35 a.m.

The Texas Department of Transportation is warning of various lane closures on I-35 from 12th Street to N. Loop 340 in Waco due to the freezing temperatures and ice. 

TxDOT said drivers should expect closures to last for the next 48 hours. They also warned drivers to stay off the road if possible.

11 a.m.

The City of Waco said residential and commercial trash collection will not run Monday and Tuesday. However, they are rescheduling pickup dates. Monday, Feb. 15 will be moved to Wednesday, Feb. 17. Meanwhile, Tuesday, Feb. 16 collection will be moved to Saturday, Feb. 20, according to the city. 

10:30 a.m.

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, the governing body that oversees the electric grid, is requesting that all Texans limit and reduce electric use as much as possible Feb. 14-15 due to high electricity demand.

RELATED: LIST: Energy Officials give tips on how to conserve energy amid winter storm

10 a.m.

The Cameron Park Zoo said it will be closed for the day due to the winter weather. 

9:30 a.m.

Marlin ISD said the district will be closed Monday, Feb. 15.

For a full list of school plans, visit our closings and delays page.