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Closures/Delays for Monday, November 25, 2013:

Basin Dentistry Office will be closed on Monday and they will be rescheduling any unreachable patients on Tuesday.

Breaking Bread Soup Kitchen in Midland will be closed Monday and NOT serve their evening meal.  

First Baptist Church Main Office and Activities Building will open at 10 a.m.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Midland will be open for our club members from 8:00 am - 5:30 pm on Monday Nov. 25, 2013. Lunch will be provided. 

Harmony Home CAC will be closed tomorrow Monday.

Martin County Family Clinic in Stanton will be closed on Monday.

Matthews Martial Arts Karate School - morning classes cancelled.

Midland Community Healthcare Services will be closed Monday.

Millers Gymnastics Academy in both Midland and Odessa will be closed tomorrow due to weather conditions.

The courthouse and county buildings in Ector County will be opening at 10 a.m. Monday.

The office of the Attorney General in Midland and Odessa will open at 10 a.m. Monday.

All locations of Premier Physicians will be closed Monday due to the icy conditions. They will call patients on Tuesday to reschedule appointments. 

Sunday, November 23, 2013:

9:49 p.m. - From Sharyland Utilities - Sharyland Utilities is reporting several new outages this Sunday evening caused by the ongoing ice storms throughout the region.  Notably, Sharyland crews are now responding to a large outage affecting approximately 2,500 customers in the Greenwood community near Midland. 

In addition, approximately 8,000 additional customers are currently still without power in Borden, Glasscock, Howard, Martin, Midland, Mitchell, Reagan, Scurry, and Upton counties.

All local Sharyland crews have been working continuously throughout the weekend, and Sharyland has brought in 10 additional contract crews to help with the effort.  Both Sharyland crews and the contract crews will continue to work throughout the evening.

Given the widespread locations of the outages, we do not have an estimate at this time as to when power will be restored to all customers.

Customers who experience an outage should contact us immediately at 800-442-8688.

7:57 p.m. - TXDOT Advisory - TxDOT crews spent the day Sunday clearing and treating roads and bridges throughout the Odessa district. Although most roads are open, areas of patchy and black ice are still possible. Low overnight temperatures could cause any moisture to refreeze, and the possibility of precipitation remains in the forecast. TxDOT will continue to monitor conditions and respond as needed. Travel tonight is strongly discouraged.

Those who must drive on Monday morning should allow extra time and check road conditions before heading out. For more information on road conditions statewide, check www.drivetexas.org or call 800-452-9292.

5:42 p.m. - From Sharyland Utilities - Sharyland Has Restored Power to ~5,500 Customers; Estimates ~9,500 Customers Still Without Electricity At This Time

(MIDLAND, TEXAS) Sharyland Utilities is pleased to announce that we have restored power to ~5,500 customers in our Midland, Stanton, and Colorado City service territories.

However, approximately 9,500 customers are currently still without power in Borden, Glasscock, Howard, Martin, Midland, Mitchell, Reagan, Scurry, and Upton counties due to multiple outages caused by the ongoing ice storms throughout the region.

All local Sharyland crews have been working continuously throughout the weekend, and Sharyland has brought in 10 additional contract crews to help with the effort.  Both Sharyland crews and the contract crews will continue to work throughout the evening.

Given the widespread locations of the outages, we do not have an estimate at this time as to when power will be restored to all customers.

Customers who experience an outage should contact us immediately at 800-442-8688.

5:41 p.m. - From Odessa Police - Since Friday, OPD has responded to approximately 63 crashes. Officials are asking everyone to avoid driving if possible.

3:56 p.m. - FROM TX DOT - More deterioration on westbound driving lane on I-10 in Pecos County now from mm#266-#268 and also between mm#263-#264 Texas Transportation Forum: Jan. 6-8, 2014

3:15 p.m. - Road Closures - Loop 250 in Midland is closed. Highway 191 is closed from Loop 250 to FM 1788. The Westbound driving lane on I-10 between Mile Marker 267-268 is closed due to roadway deterioration in Pecos County. Westbound I-20 at Mile Marker 142 in Midland County is shut down and traffic is being diverted to Business 20. 

Dr. Blanco's Regional Perinatal Center in both Midland and Odessa will be closed Monday.   

2:09 p.m. - Midland International Airport tells us all American Airlines Flights have been cancelled for the day. For all other flights, please check your airline's website.

1:46 p.m. - Legacy Elite Athletics has cancelled all practices for today.  

1:41 p.m. - Alpine ISD has announced that all classes will begin at 10:00 a.m Monday. School buses will only run in Alpine. Any changes in regards to the buses will be reported on KVLF, AM 1240 on the radio dial.     

1:36 p.m. - The city of Alpine has declared a water emergency as Sunny Glenn area wells are unable to pump due to the lack of electricity. A team from AEP is on its way from San Angelo to help address the power outages all over the area, but travel will be slow for obvious reasons. 

1:12 p.m. - The Big Spring YMCA is closed for the rest of Sunday afternoon. They will open at 10:00 a.m. Monday.   

1:11 p.m. - Brewster County Offices will open at 10:00 a.m. Monday

11:23 a.m. - The Presidio County Sheriff's Office is reporting 0.25-0.5 ice accumulation. Roads are icy with accidents reported on highway 90 between Marfa and Alpine and on Highway 67 between Presidio and Marfa. 

11:05 a.m. - Urgent Care located at 4214 Andrews Highway will be closed today due to inclement weather.

11:04 a.m. - The MOSC Chamber Concert of the Permian Basin String Quartet has been cancelled until further notice. Tickets purchased will be good for the rescheduled time and date.    

Saturday, November 23, 2013

11:47 p.m. - Midland Police are reporting that Highway 191 between Midland and Odessa is closed. Only the service roads are open at this time.

9:38 p.m. - Oncor's website is reporting a large power outage near East 52nd and Grandview. According to the site, 1,968 customers are without power. Estimated power restoration is 11:00 p.m.

9:12 p.m. - From the Fort Stockton Police Facebook page: FSPD Officers reporting multiple car accidents due to icy road conditions on the outskirts of Fort Stockton. We are asking our citizens to stay off our streets until this cold weather settles down. No reports of road closures at this point. 

9:07 p.m. - According to the ONCOR Stormcenter Website, numerous power outages are being reported in Odessa. One outage is located in North Odessa and another is located near County Road West and West 19th Street. Estimated power restoration is 11:00 p.m. tonight. You can view all the current outages at the link below:
http://stormcenter.oncor.com/default.html

8:38 p.m. - Northside Baptist Church in Fort Stockton has canceled all their church services for Sunday morning.

8:25 p.m. - Midland officials are asking drivers to stay off of Loop 250 and Highway 191 tonight if at all possible. Also, scanner traffic is reporting that officials are closing eastbound Highway 191 traffic by FM 1788.

7:47 p.m. - Police and emergency officials are responding to several accidents in the Midland/Odessa Area. According to scanner traffic there is a 15 car pileup on Highway 191 and Faudree in Odessa. We're also told there is an accident and Interstate 20 and West County Road in Odessa. Drivers are being asked to avoid both areas while officials are on the scene. We're also told that westbound lanes of Interstate 20 starting at Grant will be closed.

6:20 p.m. - Freezing Rain/sleet in some areas in the Permian Basin and snow in Southeast New Mexico. Snow is in the forecast during the overnight hours and into Sunday morning. The majority of the NewsWest 9 Viewing Area is now under a Winter Storm Warning through Monday Morning. Freezing rain is expected to transition to sleet/snow mix tonight. Icing is possible on area roads and drivers are asked to use extreme caution while driving. 

2:18 p.m. - Two area churches have announced that they will not be holding services on Sunday, Nov. 24. Those churches are Alamo Heights Baptist Church in Midland and Westbrook Baptist Church in Westbrook, Texas.

If you have any event changes or cancellations of any kind, please let us know by e-mailing us at news@kwes.com. We will post your information on this page as soon as we can.

1:20 p.m. - The Wink vs. Muenster game has been moved to Sweetwater.    

1:16 p.m. - There are currently 3 cancellations (all American) and a few delays at Midland International Airport. Please call the airlines for flight status and reservations assistance.

1:15 p.m. - Because of the icy roads in West Texas, tonight's Permian Basin Mensa program is canceled.

10:30 a.m. - According to a TXDOT press release sent to NewsWest 9, drivers are strongly advised to avoid any unnecessary travel. Those who must travel should use extreme caution and be alert for emergency responders and TxDOT workers who are on the roadway responding to incidents. Drivers should slow down, increase following distance and remove all distractions to avoid wrecks or becoming involved in a secondary collision.

No road closures have been reported to NewsWest 9.

10:00 a.m. - Good morning to everyone. Mother Nature is causing some travel and power problems in the Permian Basin.

According to Oncor's website there are 13 outages in Midland, affecting about 45 customers. In Odessa, there are 8 outages affecting 190 customers. According to the website, Oncor is assessing the situation.

At this time, we are not aware of any road closures in the area. 

The Glasscock County Sheriff's Office tells NewsWest 9 they have worked 21 accidents and transported 12 people so far. 

Officials are asking drivers to avoid Highway 87 and Highway 158.

Also due to a water main break in Gardendale, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has required Greater Gardendale Water Supply Corporation to notify customers of the need to boil their water prior to consumption.

To ensure destruction of all harmful bacteria and other microbes, water for drinking, cooking, and making ice should be boiled and cooled prior to use. The water should be brought to a vigorous, rolling boil and then boiled for two minutes. In lieu of boiling, you may purchase bottled water or obtain water from some other suitable source.

When it is no longer necessary to boil the water, the water system officials will notify you that the water is safe for consumption. Instructions to discontinue boiling will be issued in the same manner as this notice.

If you have questions concerning this matter, you can contact Greater Gardendale Water Supply Corporation at 432-561-9255.

This story will be updated throughout the day as new information is received in the NewsWest 9 Newsroom. Please check back here for the latest information on road conditions, any closures or any other winter weather information.