Police: Freezing rain 'shuts down' Corpus Christi

February 3, 2011 11:44:23 PM PST
Corpus Christi police say the city's entire interstate system is closed because of bridges rendered impassable by ice and freezing rain. Corpus Christi police Thursday night waved drivers off the major highways leading into and out of the downtown area. Captain Ed Shannon said "everything is shut down" and that icy conditions had caused at least one major accident.

The Texas coast braced for more freezing rain and sleet overnight and into Friday morning. The National Weather Service said chances of snow along the coast were around 80 percent as of late Thursday.

Highways around Brownsville were also closed due to icy roads. Houston also prepared for a messy Friday morning commute, but state transportation authorities said the city hadn't closed any roads as of late Thursday.

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