For the most part, the Arctic freeze that blanketed the country as well as all of Texas, had little effect on Runnels County, officials said.

For the most part, the Arctic freeze that blanketed the country as well as all of Texas, had little effect on Runnels County, officials said.

The National Weather Service said there was very little freezing precipitation associated with the cold blast, but that some roads did ice over.

The coldest high temperature for Jan. 1 on record occurred in Ballinger in 1918. No records were broken on New Year’s Day, with the high reported in the area at 26 degrees.

Runnels County Sheriff Carl Squyres reported that there were two rollovers and a couple of other accidents on Sunday, due to slick road conditions.

“But fortunately there were no injuries,” he said. “We got very lucky.”

There were some water breaks reported in Ballinger due to the cold snap, the break of a six-inch line on Saturday, Dec. 31 on 7th Street. Another small break was reported on 9th Street Tuesday morning.

“No customers were out of water,” said Water Department Superintendent Clyde Kresta said.

Some frozen pipes were reported in Winters, city officials said, but no major breaks.

Kresta cautioned customers to wrap their exposed pipes or leave the water running over night.

“So the pipes don’t freeze,” Kresta said.

Runnels County Judge Barry Hilliard said there were no major issues reported at the courthouse, however, the cleaning and repointing of the stone has not resumed due to the biting cold weather.

The project to clean and repoint the courthouse began about a month ago and is underway.

“They can only perform the work in a certain temperature,” Hilliard said Tuesday. “And it is certainly not right now.”

The Department of Public Safety reported fatal accidents in Coleman, Comanche, Nolan and Taylor counties. The fatality accidents in Taylor and Nolan counties were attributed to icy road conditions.