Brad Messer Commentary
8:15 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2003

Unexpected Ice Storm

Nobody predicted this.

The Winter Storm Warning yesterday from the National Weather Service said the ice line would stay north of Austin. Accuweather expected some sleet and ice north and west of San Antonio.

Not a word about a frog-strangler of an ALAMO CITY ICE STORM.

Sunday we were sunny and pushing 80. Monday we were wet and cold all day and suddenly freezing after sunset. Our beloved Texas weather.

Last night, I did what we’ve all been conditioned to do. Turned on the radio to see what KTSA was saying about it. There was Mike Richardson working late in the 24 hour newsroom. Freezing drizzle all over Bexar County, 29 degrees. Freeway overpasses closed on sections of all Interstates, Loop 1604, Highway 281 and so on. Joe Sandoval had a long list of delayed school openings or school closings, companies and businesses telling employees whether to try to come to work.

The Weather Bureau was reporting DFW heavy sleet 19 degrees, Waco freezing rain, Kerrville light snow 25, Dalhart and Amarillo 8 degrees.

And there in the night was KTSA News. As always. I like working for this radio station, my friends. And because of my generous nature, not a peep out of me about what that other station didn’t do overnight.

Brad Messer— commentary, KTSA.


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