NatGas asking everyone to conserve, prepare for rolling blackouts Monday afternoon

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  • Monday, Feb. 15
    Monday, Feb. 15
  • Record lows
    Record lows
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Crockett County Residents woke up to nearly sub-zero temperatures and snow Monday morning.

Local utility company NatGas reported struggles with gas volume and is asking everyone to conserve. Fire Chief Eddie Martin said a solution is currently being worked on, and updates will be provided.

Martin also said Ozona residents should be prepared for rolling electrical blackouts around 1 p.m. Monday. The blackouts could last up to two hours, Martin said.

Texas electric grid operators launched rotating blackouts across the state after power demand reached an all-time high early Monday morning. 

Rotating blackouts are "controlled, temporary interruptions of electric service" enacted as a last resort in an effort to conserve power and meet statewide demand. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas warned that some traffic lights and other infrastructure may be without power during this time. 

According to a tweet from the organization, which manages the statewide flow of electric power, Texas set a new record power demand of 69,150 megawatts late Sunday. The record is more than 3,200 megawatts higher than the previous record set in 2018. 

The National Weather Service in San Angelo reported record-setting low temperatures across the area.

Some Crockett County Residents reported lows between 1-3 degrees Monday morning.

As of 7:20 a.m., San Angelo was at -1 degree, tied for the second-coldest temperature recorded in the city. San Angelo had a wind chill of -12 degrees, according to the NWS. 

Snowfall hit up to 10 inches in San Angelo.

In Crockett County, snowfall ranged 1-2 inches in areas.

The NWS in San Angelo is calling for very cold temperatures to continue for Monday and Tuesday.

A slight chance for a wintry mix is forecasted for Tuesday night into Wednesday. Accumulations currently forecasted to be light, the NWS reported.

Roadways continue to be slick and hazardous. Texas DPS is asking everyone to stay off the roads.

If anyone must travel, go to drivetexas.org for statewide road conditions.