Report: Winter Texans are coming back, and they’ve already spent $1B
Welcome Home RGV partnered with the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s Data and Information Systems Center to compile the report. The report showed that this season Winter Texans and visiting family and friends contributed an estimated $1.2 billion in expenditures to the local economy. The report broke down those numbers as $825.3 million spent by winter visitors and $360.9 million “was spent by their guests for food, travel, entertainment, lodging, etc.,” according to the report. “The winter Texans of today are a lot younger than they’ve ever been. Even though the 2021-22 Winter Texan season has come to an end, Collier said the Valley is now entering the “converted Texan” season, a term given to Winter Texans who decided to remain in the Valley permanently.myrgv.com
In ‘Against the Ice,’ Actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Is Not in King’s Landing Anymore
The Netflix film tells the true story of an early 20th-century explorer and his engineer fighting to survive in the Arctic. We talked to the ‘Game of Thrones’ star about what it was like filming on location in Greenland and Iceland in extreme conditions.outsideonline.com
Olympians worry as 'Winter' disappears from Winter Games
Ski racers settling into the start gate for Alpine World Cup events in the Rocky Mountains in early December squinted through sunshine that carried the temperature toward 50 degrees and glanced down at a course covered with pristine — and manufactured — snow. If they looked up and across the way, beyond the finish line, they saw adjacent hills that were brown and barren as can be, with nary a trace of powder or any indication that this was a setting for athletes who would be heading to the Beijing Olympics that begin Feb. 4. It is a troubling reality and — given their own reliance on the production of snow, continent-hopping flights powered by diesel fuel and other environment-unfriendly offshoots of their careers — hard-to-reconcile push-and-pull for many of those who will be competing in Alpine skiing or freestyle skiing or snowboarding or Nordic combined events or other outdoor sports that helped put the disappearing “Winter” in Winter Games.news.yahoo.com
British white supremacist, initially sentenced to read Austen and Dickens, imprisoned on two-year bid
Ben John, who had been described as an extremist with neo-Nazi sympathies by British police, was originally told to read grea works of English literature before his sentence was overturned.washingtonpost.com
Big California storm dumps snow, drenches parched regions
Winter arrived early in Northern California with wind, rain and snow that was expected to intensify Monday as forecasters warned that mountain passes will probably be closed to traffic and areas burned by wildfires could face rockslides and mudslides following an especially warm and dry fall across the U.S. West. The multiday storm, a powerful “atmospheric river” weather system that is sucking up moisture from the Pacific Ocean, raised the threat of flooding and was expected to dump more than 8 feet (2.4 meters) of snow on the highest peaks in California and Nevada and drench other parts of the two states before it moves on midweek, forecasters said. “This is a pretty widespread event,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Anna Wanless in Sacramento. “Most of California, if not all, will see some sort of rain and snow.”news.yahoo.com
Astonishing early winter heat grips U.S., Canada and shatters records
A widespread and intense heatwave is roasting large portions of the U.S. and Canada, shattering daily and monthly temperature records. Why it matters: Winter is the fastest-warming season across the U.S., and the lingering warmth is shortening the snow season in places like Colorado and Montana, where mountain snowpack is a critical source of water during the summer months. Get market news worthy of your time with Axios Markets. Subscribe for free.The big picture: On Wednesday, British Columbianews.yahoo.com
Retail stocks to watch after February's larger-than-expected sales decline
The SPDR S&P Retail ETF (XRT) closed down 2% on Tuesday, reflecting the decline. Winter appeared to be a contributor, but with an approaching economic reopening, stimulus and spring weather, retail may bounce back, TradingAnalysis.com founder Todd Gordon told CNBC's "Trading Nation" on Tuesday. "It was set from a high-water mark from the prior reading," he said of February's larger-than-expected drop. Gina Sanchez, founder and CEO of Chantico Global, said analysts always expected higher retail growth in the spring than the winter. When it came to the reopening, Sanchez was focused on stocks of companies offering various consumer services.cnbc.com
Hospital visits for slips, falls increased during last week’s winter storm, San Antonio doctors say
Shahrestani says it’s been a busy week for his office as many victims of falls follow up for care. Last week, the average was about 17 per day, according to Dr. Ralph Riviello, professor and chair of emergency medicine at UT Health San Antonio and University Hospital. Out of 1,870 patients who visited the University Hospital ER between Feb. 13 and Feb. 21, more than 140 were weather-related fall visits. AdBaptist Health System reports 335 falls and slips visits between Feb. 15 and Feb. 19 at all its San Antonio locations and another 87 at Resolute Health Hospital in New Braunfels. Baptist Health System urges the community to exercise extreme caution when walking outdoors on wet, icy or uneven surfaces, which can prove very dangerous.
Some frustrated San Antonio-area residents still lack water at their apartment complexes
SAN ANTONIO – Water issues continue to frustrate residents who live in apartment complexes that sustained damage to their pipes and water system during last week’s winter storms. She says her water service lacks pressure, and the restrooms don’t work correctly. Garza captured video of furniture and personal materials dumped out because of the water damage leaks caused in the apartment buildings. Residents who have problems reaching the management at their apartment complex should contact the Neighborhood Housing Services Department 210-207-6459. The City of Schertz, where the Rim Stonecrest apartments are located, says it has been in touch with the complex management about the water issues.
San Antonio nurseries prepared for the winter storm, and it resulted in minimal damage for some
SAN ANTONIO – Nursery owners across the San Antonio area spent the weekend assessing their losses from last week’s winter storms and gearing up for their busy season. He says every greenhouse, building tent and part of the store was filled with plants, shrubs and trees. That actually helped us conserve propane,” Keith said. Keith said many citrus trees aren’t coming back if you didn’t protect them before the winter storm. “But there will be a bit of material that is a little bit harder to locate.
‘We should have been a priority’: Consumers may feel the pinch at checkout after Texas farmers hit hard by winter storm
ST. HEDWIG, Texas – Farmers across Texas were hit hard by the recent winter storm and rotating blackouts that knocked out power in many communities. Consumers can expect to feel the effects at the grocery store, with empty shelves and higher prices for some products. But the Scotts could not make it through the 2021 winter storm that left much of Texas without power. State relief for farmers is not available, and federal funds are slow to trickle in, according to the agriculture commissioner. The Texas Department of Agriculture has the STAR Fund, which is made up of private donations that help farmers during a disaster.
Master plumber offers advice to Do-it-Yourselfers experiencing frozen pipes
SAN ANTONIO – James Hurtado says even with the foam insulation protecting his pipes, there were problems with his home that’s on elevated beams after wintry weather hit Texas. He says the hardware store was buzzing with do-it-yourselfers who had to fix their own problems when it was difficult for professionals to travel during the wintry weather. That’s how it kind of was in the plumbing department.”Master plumber Brad Harrell, with Harrell Commercial Plumbing, says you’ll be lucky if you find the parts you need right now. The master plumber says even people who took precautions found themselves with frozen pipes. AdSAWS to open bulk water distribution sites FridayHarrell said if you find yourself with a leak now, shut off your main water meter.
Snowmen melted to wash dishes, flush toilets as water issues continue to affect San Antonio residents
SAN ANTONIO – Outside Gloria Perez’ home in the Highland Park area is a melting snowman, the leftover snow will likely soon be used to wash dishes or flush her family’s toilet. They turn down water. “We filled up containers because that’s all we’re using And and we’re using bottled water to brush your teeth, you know, to wash dishes,” Flores said. The San Antonio Water System announced on Wednesday that a precautionary boil water advisory is in place due to the low water pressure in the area. SAWS shared a map of the areas where they say they have issues pumping water into communities to provide service.
Families relieved to find warmth, safety arrive at city’s warming center
SAN ANTONIO – Families looking for a warm place to stay finally found relief Tuesday as the City of San Antonio opened up a warming center at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. Carl Serth, his wife, daughter and grandson were among the first to arrive at the warming center after trying to survive at home since 5 a.m. Tuesday without any power. San Antonio police officers drove others to the shelter. Families said they were grateful to finally have a warm place for their frightened little ones. The warming center can fit up to 500 people and possibly more.
H-E-B stores remove limits on bread, milk, meat items following winter storm crisis
H-E-B partner confirmed positive for COVID-19, store officials saySAN ANTONIO – All H-E-B stores have returned to normal operating hours and product purchasing limits have been reduced following the dangerous wintry conditions that spread across the region just weeks ago. Items such as bakery bread, tortillas, milk, and all meat items are no longer being limited for customers, according to the grocery chain’s website. Listed below are H-E-B’s current product purchasing limits:Food items (all H-E-B stores, does not apply to Joe V’s Smart Shop stores in Houston)Water Gallons – Limit 2Water multipack – Limit 2Baby Water Gallons – Limit 2Baby Water multipack – Limit 2Ice – Limit 2Food items (only for H-E-B stores in the Border area)Eggs (smaller than 30 count) – Limit 2Eggs (count 30 or larger) – Limit 1Non-food items (all H-E-B stores)Paper towels – Limit 2 (does not apply to Joe V’s Smart Shop stores in Houston)Propane Tanks – Limit 2Aerosol disinfectant sprays – 2 items(Isopropyl) Alcohol swabs – 2 itemsFirst Aid and Cleaning Gloves – 2 itemsTrial & Travel Size Disinfectant Wipes/Sprays – Limit 2Charcoal – Limit 2Real-time updates to store hours and operations can be found on H-E-B Newsroom at heb.com/newsroom. This article will be continuously updated. Check back for the latest information.
‘No one to speak to’: CPS Energy customers frustrated, concerned for vulnerable community members amid rotating outages
He says his calls to CPS Energy for answers about when the power would be restored have gone unanswered. CPS Energy CEO Paula Gold-Williams said every energy system is stressed across the state. Rudy Garza, with CPS Energy, says CPS Energy is reaching out to its customers via all social media platforms, calls, and emails. While temperatures will continue to affect the energy consumption, CPS Energy expects the outages to continue, so the company urges customers to make plans. With energy reductions driven by outage management, CPS Energy used more than 4,954 MW yesterday, which was a winter record.
H-E-B closing many stores Monday due to wintry weather in San Antonio, surrounding areas
SAN ANTONIO – This story will no longer be updated. H-E-B will keep some of its San Antonio and Hill Country stores closed Monday because of icy road conditions. With temperatures expected to stay below freezing until Tuesday afternoon, H-E-B has adjusted store hours across the state of Texas. Some customers reported long lines at checkouts and curbside at some San Antonio stores ahead of the winter storm. You can get the very latest forecast and check out the interactive radar anytime by bookmarking our weather page and downloading the KSAT Weather Authority App - available for both Apple and Android devices.
TxDOT cancels construction road closures ahead of winter weather
#BeSafeDriveSmart #EndTheStreakTX pic.twitter.com/CS54tnaIKr — TxDOT (@TxDOT) February 12, 2021The following list of construction closures have been canceled through Feb. 17:Loop 1604 – North Central San AntonioMonday, Feb. 15 until Friday, Feb. 19. Nightly 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. Full northbound frontage road closure from Loop 1604 to Sonterra Boulevard for concrete paving. Alternating northbound frontage road closure from Loop 1604 to Stone Oak/Tournament Players Club (TPC) Parkway for concrete paving. Alternating northbound frontage road closure from Evans Road to Marshall Road for a traffic switch. DETOURS: Graytown Road traffic may use the frontage road and the Pfeil Road underpass or Loop 1604 turnaround to cross I-10.
San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo modifying some events ahead of inclement weather this weekend
SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo is making changes as temperatures in our area drop, with inclement weather expected throughout the weekend and into early next week. Ticket holders arrived at the rodeo on opening night on Friday, only to be greeted by gripping low temperatures. Rodeo staff who anticipated the subfreezing temperatures made some modifications to keep rodeo goers warm and happy. Lauren Sides, public relations and communications manager for the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo, said event organizers have had to postpone some of their livestock shows and shift other events. For more updates and information, visit the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo website by clicking here.
Shelters, nonprofits, churches in San Antonio ready to help during frigid weather
SAN ANTONIO – A community-wide response is underway in San Antonio ahead of the frigid weather expected over the next few days to assist the city’s homeless population. SARA has been a five-year-long community effort to better serve the city’s homeless population. She said in a time like this, at least 10 churches and nonprofits have stepped up to do their part. The city also has a homeless hotline, 210-207-1799, for more information, including how to help and where to volunteer. RELATED: City of San Antonio, partner agencies to provide shelter to homeless during frigid nights
These San Antonio-area businesses have announced closures, delays due to inclement weather
SAN ANTONIO – With the last round of wintry weather dropping snow and ice in San Antonio on Thursday, the following businesses have announced closures and delays. All elective surgeries and procedures at The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio are canceled on Thursday. All inpatient areas and the Emergency Room at The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio still remain open, along with The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio Emergency Center – Westover Hills. Stores in the San Antonio area will operate from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Click here to see the full list of closures. San Antonio Botanical Garden - The San Antonio Botanical Garden will be closed to the public on Friday.
Pipe-bursting cold! How to protect your pipes during the South Texas freeze
Your KSAT Weather Authority is expecting two rounds of wintry weather for the San Antonio area from Saturday into Monday. RELATED: San Antonio area in for two rounds of winter weather this weekendThese cold temperatures can especially pose a threat to water pipes, both indoors and outdoors. Seal up openings where cold air can reach unprotected water pipes, like faucets. Stay InformedAs always, Your Weather Authority team will keep you updated. You can get the very latest forecast anytime by bookmarking our weather page and downloading the KSAT Weather Authority App - available for both Apple and Android devices.
After snow overnight, San Antonio will see a frigid Monday
SAN ANTONIO – Snow is blanketing San Antonio. Here’s what you need to know:Winter WonderlandSunday night into Monday, San Antonio and the surrounding area saw 3-6 inches of snowfall -- the most the area has seen since 1985. If you have snow pictures, please feel free to drop them in the “pins” section of the KSAT Weather Authority App. AdMorning flights at the San Antonio International Airport have been canceled due to the inclement weather. The city of San Antonio and WellMed have both decided to reschedule vaccination appointments on Monday.
Some San Antonio shelters forced to turn people away amid plunging temperatures due to limited space
RELATE: Cold & cloudy Friday, More wintry weather expected by Sunday nightA combination of cold temperatures and rain is something area shelters, such as The Salvation Army, are very familiar with. Local organizations and church groups, such as Last Chance Ministries, have opened their doors to provide comfort during frigid nights. Jamie Llamas, a community organizer with Last Chance Ministries, said she immediately planned to assist the community as soon as she heard the weather forecast. The Salvation Army will be giving away blankets and cold-weather gear to those it cannot accept in the shelter due to limited space. Last Chance Ministries said it would be housing folks and providing shelter until the cold weather subsides.
San Antonio Fire Department offers tips to community ahead of big cold front
SAFD offers some safety tips for heating your home during the upcoming cold weather. SAN ANTONIO – Cooler weather is on its way, but the San Antonio Fire Department warns things can quickly heat up and take a possible dangerous turn. Temperatures are expected to drop significantly over the weekend, and, according to SAFD, winter is one of the busiest times. Battalion Chief Michael Garcia said smoke detectors can be life-saving. Make sure they have batteries and that they are working properly as we head in to this cold front,” Garcia said.
Freezing drizzle Friday morning, More wintry weather expected by Sunday night
Saturday - Cloudy and cold weather will continue into the weekend. A light, wintry mix of rain and freezing rain will be possible, especially by the afternoon hours. Saturday - Cloudy and cold weather will continue into the weekend. A light, wintry mix of rain and freezing rain will be possible, especially by the afternoon hours. By Sunday night, scattered wintry precipitation is expected to arrive in South Texas.
Find the best ski gear for your next trip
San Antonio – Jo Hoppe, Outdoor Gear Specialist at Good Sports Outdoor Outfitters show you everything you need to insure that you will be properly equipped, warm and stylish for your next ski trip. Starting with a warm underwear/base layer, to brand new pants, vests, jackets, shoes, helmet, goggles, and even socks, Good Sports will be your one stop shop for ski trip attire and safety. For more ski clothing options and information, go to Good Sports Outdoor Outfitters website.
Ways to keep yourself warm while waiting for the bus during cold weather
As it gets colder outside, it may make waiting for the bus a little more difficult. Greyhound says there are a few things you can do to make the cold more bearable while waiting for your ride. If you find yourself starting to feel cold while waiting, Greyhound says to start pacing. Greyhound also says to load up on the Vitamin C. Although weather does not make you sick, the cold can worsen something that already might be brewing. And finally, it’s cold outside, so be courteous.
Have you gone through your winter readiness checklist this year?
Prepare for the changing season with a winterreadiness checklist in today’s Angie’s List report. “Check insulation. Adding insulation can help you avoid a burst pipe and many headaches down the road.”Plan ahead to stay warm, whether you have a furnace or fireplace. Make sure they’re good so you know that the coming winter, you don’t have to worry about anything,” suggests Randy King, an Indianapolis area handyman. You don’t want to run the risk of a racoon family taking up residence in your attic to stay warm,” explained Hicks.
Trending: How to make hot chocolate bombs
SAN ANTONIO – The kids will not only love making these trendy hot chocolate bombs, but they won’t be able to stop watching as they disintegrate into marshmallowy goodness right in their mugs. All you need is good quality chocolate, hot cocoa mix, marshmallows and a mold. You can also add sprinkles for extra fun! Watch the video above to see how to make hot chocolate bombs and try it at home with the kids! Other articles featuring ideas by Anderson:- Cute Thanksgiving place settings for just $3 a person- Keep the kids happy & healthy on your next road trip- Create your own fair games, food at home
Tips for creating a warm and cozy patio space
This summer, many of us turned to the outdoors as a safe space to relax and get together with others. And as we head into fall and winter, they can still be a safe and cozy space to use with the help of a patio heater. Angie Hicks, co-founder of Angie’s List says gas heaters use either propane or natural gas and are a very effective way to quickly warm your space. Propane heaters come in many portable options, while natural gas heaters do require professional installation. Keep in mind that the average electric heater or fire table won’t be able to warm as large of an area as a gas heater.
Is your home prepared for the winter?
As you pull out your jackets more than your flip-flops, it’s time to tackle a few simple chores around the house. If you’re starting to see cracks in your caulking, don’t worry – it’s an easy task with the right tools. Before the cold weather really hits, make sure your gutters are clear of leaves and debris. Service your furnace and change the filter, and show some love to your water heater. “Simply by draining the water heater once a year, you can increase its efficiency by 50 percent.”Be sure your summer equipment is appropriately maintained and stored.
Wacky weather makes for a Winter like none before
The weather the past few weeks has not produced what most would call normal conditions. Balmy temperatures in the Northeast, heavy flooding out West, and deadly twisters in the South and Midwest have many Americans wondering why Spring-like conditions are turning up in December. Mark Strassmann has a report on the cause of this strange weather.cbsnews.com
11/11: Wintry blast continues battering U.S.; A soldier's fight to end suicide among veterans
11/11: Wintry blast continues battering U.S.; A soldier's fight to end suicide among veterans Winter weather is wreaking havoc on America's heartland. As WCCO's Jamie Yuccas reports, it's expected to send temperatures below freezing in every state except Hawaii and Florida; And, every day, 22 veterans commit suicide -- more than 8,000 per year. Mark Strassmann talks with Lt. Justin Fitch, a soldier battling colon cancer and spending what time he has left to keep other soldiers alive.cbsnews.com