LIVE BLOG: Here’s what is happening across the Houston area as residents try to combat arctic temperatures

Overnight temps around the Houston area as arctic cold front sweeps through (Copyright 2021 by KPRC Click2Houston - All rights reserved.)

8:48 a.m. - TxDOT pretreats roads, says conditions ‘look better’

HOUSTONTxDOT crews are pretreating roads and then going back out to treat roads that had issues in the evening and overnight hours. According to TxDOT officials, conditions are “looking better” this morning.

6:05 a.m. - Main pipes going to water tower in east Harris County bust, cause flooding

Be careful, drivers. The main pipes going to the water tower at E IH-10 and Sheldon Road have burst due to freezing and are flooding the roadway in the area, according to Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez. Drivers are urged to avoid the area.

5:20 a.m. - Hobby Airport closes its overpasses ‘until further notice’

Hobby Airport said, “As a precaution for motorist coming to HOU, the overpasses leading to the airport are closed until further notice. Use Airport Blvd. for access to the terminal. Don’t forget to check with your airline for flight status before coming to the airport.”

5 a.m. - Latest weather conditions from KPRC 2 Weather team - Cold weather blasts in

A strong arctic cold front brought a blast of bitterly cold air and a mix of wintry precipitation that has left some roads, especially west of greater Houston icy. A light wintry mix is along and off the coast this morning while the temperatures are below freezing in all reporting stations except Galveston. Care is advised for all road travel as some icy patches and bridges could be problematic.

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10 p.m. - Drivers struggled on icy roads in the Cypress area

Those behind the wheel are encouraged to use feeder roads in our area to avoid icy overpasses and bridges on the freeway.

10 p.m. - Montgomery Co. officials use sand to battle slick road conditions

Drivers have reported icy roads in Montgomery County throughout the day Thursday. Some residents began using their own vehicles to help pull cars out of ditches after drivers hit patches of ice.

9:50 p.m. - Pct. 1 Constable Deputy involved in crash on the Hardy Toll Road

A Harris County Pct. 1 Constable Deputy was involved in a crash after driving over ice headed northbound on the Hardy Toll Road near 610. Officials said the deputy was taken to the hospital in an unknown condition. Both directions of the Hardy Toll Rd north of 610 were shut down due to the ice.

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9:24 p.m. - 12-vehicle pile-up on US 59 southbound at US-90 in Fort Bend County

Sugar Land Police are asking drivers to avoid the area, if possible, after a 12-vehicle pile-up on the southbound lanes of the Southwest Freeway at US-90. Authorities said the crash is possibly the result of ice forming on the roadways.

9:18 p.m. - Fort Bend County Courts of Law closed Friday, Feb. 4

  • The 400th District Court is canceling the jury trial scheduled to start Friday, February 4th. Jurors need to return on Monday, Feb. 7 at 8:45 am. Any questions, please email Mandy.Martinez@fortbendcountytx.gov.
  • All County Court 6 Dockets scheduled on Friday, Feb. 4, 2022, have been canceled. Defendants and attorneys will have until Friday, Feb. 11, 2022. To contact the court for a reset, email the Court Coordinator at Selena.Love@fortbendcountytx.gov. If contact is not made to the court by the above deadline, a bond forfeiture warrant will be issued.
  • All County Court 4 Dockets scheduled on Friday, Feb. 4, 2022, have been canceled. Defendants and attorneys will have until Friday, Feb.11, 2022. To contact the Court for a reset, email the Court Coordinator at Jenica.Salazar@fortbendcountytx.gov. If contact is not made to the court by the above deadline, a bond forfeiture warrant will be issued.

8:28 p.m. - 1 injured after a seven-car pile-up on 290

According to KPRC 2 reporter Brandon Walker, one person was injured following a seven-vehicle pile-up on 290 at Becker Road.

Drivers tell me no one was hurt, after icy road conditions led to a seven car pile up on 290, approaching Becker Rd, northbound. Here’s a look at the scene, where Harris County Sheriff's Office is assisting drivers. Thank God everyone is safe. Y’all be careful.

Posted by KPRC2 Brandon Walker on Thursday, February 3, 2022

8:20 p.m. - Fort Bend County Pct. 1 Constables shut down Westpark Tollway

The Westpark Tollway is currently being shut down after about 10 vehicles crashed due to ice on the roads. Officials said the crash happened in the westbound lanes at FM 1464.

6:00 p.m. - Rain and sleet hit Columbus area (70 miles west of Houston)

People who live in the north and west Texas are seeing some of the worst conditions from the arctic cold front. The freezing rain started several hours ago in the Columbus area and several residents in the area are saying they see a mixture of rain and sleet.

Officials are telling residents to stay off the roads and to stock up on food and water.

Here's what we are seeing in the Columbus area as of 6pm

6:00 p.m. - The Woodlands resident taking care of last-minute shopping ahead of cold front

Several residents in The Woodlands were spotted out doing some last-minute shopping as they hunker down and try to stay warm ahead of the cold front.

Here's what we are seeing

6:00 p.m. - Officials warn of ice on overpasses and highways in Montgomery County

In Montgomery County, officials are warning drivers about possible ice on highways and overpasses, which is one of the county’s main concerns.

Currently, Montgomery County is under a Hard Freeze and Winter Weather Advisory until Friday morning.

“We’re expecting some icy rain, but we are not really expecting it to stick at this point because the ground temperature is warmer. Some of the overpasses in the area, the state is already deicing the overpasses that are above the ground level,” said County Commissioner Robert Walker.

Here's what we know

6:00 p.m. - TxDOT crews in the Cypress are treating roads

Several roads are starting to become slick as the temperatures in Cypress continue to drop. Crews said temperatures are now in the 30s and are expected to continue dropping overnight.

Here's what we know

6:00 p.m. - Katy area seeing light rain on and off for several hours

The Katy area is beginning to see soaked roads with moderate rain moving into the area, which poses a concern for officials as temperatures continue to drop. Although there’s no ice on the roads yet, TxDOT crews are continuing to treat the roads to prevent icing.

Here's what we are seeing

6:00 p.m. - The Brenham area seeing temperature drops and frigid winds

Although the rain and sleet have stopped in the area, anything that was previously hit by the rain is now starting to ice.

Here's what we are seeing in the area as of 6 p.m.

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