What you should know about fireplace and chimney care before freezing tempertures arrive in our area
We know many people will be trying to stay warm during the drastic drop in temperatures this week, but if you’ll be using a fireplace to do that, here are some things you need to know before lighting it.
LIST: Houston-area school districts, universities announce plans for week following winter weather closures
Conroe ISDConroe Independent School District will resume classes Monday. Deer Park ISDDeer Park ISD students will return to school Monday, Feb. 22. Humble ISDHumble ISD plans to resume school on Monday, Feb. 22, for all students, both on-campus and virtual students. District staff is in the process of reaching out to families to connect them with supports and information available through the Act. Royal ISDRoyal ISD students will resume school Tuesday.
How counties in Houston area are preparing roads ahead of winter storm
HOUSTON – The Texas Department of Transportation says they will start pre-treating roads, highways, and overpasses across the Houston area in the next 24 hours. They are waiting for roads to dry before starting the treatment process. “The more prepared our citizens can be the better off we are going to be,” said Meghan Arthur, a public information officer for Montgomery County. “We are expecting to see ice on ground level roadways as well,” said Emily Black, who is with the Texas Department of Transportation. The weather has already caused problems in Montgomery County.
What happens to unhoused Houstonians when it freezes?
But for the thousands of Houstonians who are unhoused, living on the streets, the cold is something much harder to escape. "We continue to monitor the developing situation closely and prepare to execute our winter weather plans as needed," Adame said. "At this moment, we are asking residents to prepare for the dangers of winter weather, stay informed, and protect their four P's: people, pets, plants and pipes." Freezing weather will persist through at least Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service. To prepare for the cold snap, outreach teams are handing out cold weather supplies, such as blankets and hand warmers.chron.com
Tips for preparing your home, pets and plants for freezing temperatures
Eccles said to start by letting cold water drip from your faucet. Safety TipsThe Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office encourages residents to follow these heating safety tips:Place space heaters on solid and flat surfaces. Check space heaters for cracked or damaged cords and plugs. Plug space heaters directly into wall outlets, don’t use an extension cord or power strip. Create a “kid-free zone” three feet from open fires and space heaters.
What to know about our coming cold snap
Can you imagine what Houstonians must have thought on Valentine’s Day 1895, waking up to 20 inches of snow? Never underestimate February in Houston, and if you’ve been looking at the models for the weekend ahead, you’ve seen some drastic differences in temperature forecasts. On the other hand, the newest American model is almost frightening with its forecast, bringing us extreme cold this weekend:Very Cold American ModelYes, those are single digits you are seeing by Sunday! I’ll say this, last Sunday (Jan. 31) the American model was predicting 21° for THIS MORNING. So this very thin surface layer of extreme cold will be fighting a mixing of warmer air coming down from above:500mb southwest flow this weekendWhether the really cold air suggested by the American model wins out is honestly too early to tell, but historically this year, the European has done better with temperatures.
Houston-area forecast: Sweater weather this weekend
HOUSTON – Cold air has settled into Southeast Texas and will be sticking around for a while. We are in the beginning of the longest stretch of cold weather that has hit Houston so far this season. As we head into late Sunday, temperatures will start to drop and wintry precipitation will be getting close to Southeast Texas! Sunday NightAccumulations will be insignificant in Southeast Texas but snow will accumulate north and northwest of our area. Weekend Travel WeatherAfter Sunday’s rain/snow mix event, the rest of the ten day forecast shows a cooler than normal start with plenty of sunshine for the week ahead.
Cold front brings heavy rain and colder temperatures
RADAR MAPS:HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Temperatures Friday will not warm out of the 60s, and many neighborhoods may be stuck in the 50s as thick clouds linger even after the rain clears out. With a clearer sky over the weekend, we'll catch our first morning in the 40s and low 50s. Temperatures will moderate Monday and Tuesday ahead of another cold front arriving Wednesday, October 30th. This will bring more messy weather, but all the mess should clear out by Halloween, making for ideal trick-or-treat weather.SHARE YOUR WEATHER PHOTOS: Send us pics and video of weather in your area to email@example.com and at #ABC13Eyewitness on social media.abc13.com
Cold front coming brings heavy rain and colder tempeartures
RADAR MAPS:HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Cold front bringing heavy rain could lead to minor coastal and street flooding in some areas.Gulf moisture combining with a cold front will move through Houston Friday morning bringing another round of showers and thunderstorms, followed by even colder air for the weekend. Temperatures Friday will not warm out of the 60s, and many neighborhoods may be stuck in the 50s as thick clouds linger even after the rain clears out. With a clearer sky over the weekend, we'll catch our first morning in the 40s and low 50s. Temperatures will moderate Monday and Tuesday ahead of another cold front arriving Wednesday, October 30th. This will bring more messy weather, but all the mess should clear out by Halloween, making for ideal trick-or-treat weather.SHARE YOUR WEATHER PHOTOS: Send us pics and video of weather in your area to firstname.lastname@example.org and at #ABC13Eyewitness on social media.abc13.com
Top stories: Cold couldn't stop millions from welcoming 2015 in style
Top stories: Cold couldn't stop millions from welcoming 2015 in style At least a million people crowded into New York’s Times Square to watch the ball drop. Also, it’s a bitterly cold start in many parts of the country. Anne-Marie Green reports on those and other top stories.cbsnews.com