An Arctic explosion sweeps Texas and the Houston area could hit record lows. And it doesn’t warm up for days.
HOUSTON – The Houston area has had unseen temperatures for decades, and before it is over, many records could very well be broken. Icy weather can already be felt across the state. And temperatures in Houston are expected to drop to single digits.
A winter storm warning will apply tonight at 9:00 p.m. and will apply through 6:00 p.m. Monday for the following counties in the Houston area: Montgomery, Colorado, Waller, Austin, Grimes, Washington, Polk, San Jacinto, Trinity, and Walker.
A winter storm warning was issued for all of Southeast Texas from 3:00 p.m. on Sunday that significant ice and snow accumulations could be expected.
You still have time to prepare, but do it soon! On Sunday evening, the main event begins with ice, sleet and even snow in southeast Texas.
Several schools in the Houston area are already planning what is to come next week.
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Winter weather timeline for the Houston area
Saturday: The day to prepare before the storm will be cloudy and cold, and temperatures will have a hard time adjusting to 40. For much of the day there will be a brisk wind from the north. The cloudy sky persists overnight and temperatures drop to the mid to low 30s.
Sunday Monday: The winter storm is beginning to end in the west, but we won’t see the showers coming towards us until afternoon to evening. Light, foggy showers are then expected overnight through Monday. The freezing rain and sleet become a big problem. Ice build-up can be up to 0.25 inches.
Tuesday middle of the week: Historic cold is on the tails of the upcoming winter storm. Temperatures will be in the single digits in many places for the Tuesday morning lows. The record low is 13 (set back in 1895) and we forecast a low of 8. Temperatures in Houston will not be above freezing by the end of the day and probably will not be until last Thursday afternoon.
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Governor Abbott issues a disaster statement
With the winter weather on the way, Governor Greg Abbott issued a disaster statement for all 254 counties.
The Texas Department of Emergency Management provides the following resources.
- Texas Department of Transportation: Equipment for road preparation in winter weather and emergency services as well as monitoring the road condition.
- Texas Highway Patrol, Texas Department of Public Safety: Courtesy patrols to assist stranded motorists along the main travel corridors.
- Texas Military Department: Winter weather gear and personnel to assist Amarillo, Wichita Falls, Abilene, Fort Worth, and Waco to assist with stranded motoring operations.
- Texas Parks and Wildlife Department: Four-wheel drive vehicles and personnel help stranded motorists on key travel corridors.
- Texas A&M Forest Service: Motor graders and staff to assist in snow / ice removal and saw teams to assist in removing fallen trees.
- Texas A&M Engineering Expansion Service, Texas Task Force 1: Search and rescue equipment and teams.
- Texas Public Utilities Commission: Monitor and report power outages and monitor issues affecting electricity generation capability in the state.
- Texas Animal Health Commission: Response equipment and staff to address animal husbandry concerns due to freezing temperatures.
How to protect yourself and your home
Where is ice on the streets?
Houston Transtar tracks the icy conditions on the roads. You can view a list here at any time. And below is a live traffic map for Houston.